David Haye gives in to Shannon Briggs at Martin-Joshua, agrees to fight

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David Haye is set to face Shannon Briggs in the autumn of 2016 after finally being baited into a fight by the outspoken American.

For the past two weeks, Veteran Briggs has been in the UK following Haye around, hoping that the former WBA title-holder will agree to a meeting.

At Haye’s press conference to announce his May 21 fight with undefeated unknown quantity Arnold Gjergjaj, Briggs questioned why the Briton didn’t face him instead.

Haye, 35, then informed Briggs that if he passed the brain scans and fought out a win on his undercard, the two would then clash later in the year.

‘The Cannon’ duly headed off to Harley Street and emerged with a passed MRI DVD before news of a potential contest then simmered.

At the Charles Martin v Anthony Joshua weigh-in on Friday, Briggs began to give Haye stick after he showed up, and ‘The Hayemaker’ then told Sky Sports that they had arranged their contest.

“I think Shannon Briggs has talked himself into getting knocked out,” Haye told Andy Burton. “If he wins on my undercard, I will fight him next,” he added.

An opponent for Briggs is announced shortly, although a few British names are already being thrown into the mix.

The likes of Dillian Whyte, Sam Sexton, and Gary Cornish could be in with a shout should Haye want Briggs to go down the UK route.