Shannon Briggs return pushed back, set to face Zoltan Petranyi in Panama

Shannon Briggs

Hard-hitting American heavyweight Shannon Briggs will not be boxing in Mexico on this weekend as previously announced as the veteran is now heading to Panama a week later to battle experienced Hungarian Zoltan Petranyi.

Briggs, 43, was originally pencilled in to fight on the Emanuel Lopez v Carlos Padilla interim world title undercard in Chiapas, although has been forced to wait another seven days to make his 66th professional ring appearance.

‘The Cannon’ last fought in Mississippi this past November when nailing down his 50th career knockout and a record 35th in the first round against Richard Carmack and will be aiming to stay on course for another crack at world title with a win over Petranyi.

The New Yorker held the coveted WBO belt for a brief seven-month stint in 2006/2007 and was only recently overhauled by Deontay Wilder as the last US heavyweight to hold a recognised version of the world title.

Opponent Petranyi has campaigned mainly on European soil since entering the paid ranks way back in 1996. The 48 year-old has been stopped every time he’s stepped up above domestic level and should be a sure-fire opportunity for Briggs to score yet another stoppage in Panama City.