In an interview with UPI.com recently, former world heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs stated he expects to face Tyson Fury for his comeback fight in April.
The 46 year-old, who is the frontrunner to oppose Fury after the Ring Magazine champion’s two-year absence, also said he was hopeful the fight would take place at Wembley Stadium.
I’ll go out on a limb here, and I’ll make a prediction that any Fury return to action will NOT take place at the world-famous England National Stadium.
Mentioned in the article, which you can read in full here, was the fact London or Manchester where the two favored venues, which would suggest The O2 or Manchester Arena would be the most likely hosts.
Briggs is himself on the way back from an enforced spell on the sidelines due to a failed drugs test, which ‘The Cannon’ went on to address in the chat with UPI.
Should the fight officially be announced, Fury would begin a massive favourite to overcome the American in what would be seen as the first step to redemption.
Knockout artist Briggs, who holds the record number of first round stoppages in the top division ranks, will be hoping to derail those plans and halt Fury’s attempts to seal a clash with Anthony Joshua.
Signing with Frank Warren could put a block on any Joshua v Fury contest in the future, although WBN understands ‘2 Fast’ will only be working with the long-time promoter on a fight-to-fight basis, leaving some wiggle room to work with Eddie Hearn for any encounter with the current king of the weight class.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay