On the back of Deontay Wilder confirming his attendance at this weekend’s Tyson Fury v Francesco Pianeta clash at Windsor Park in Belfast, former heavyweight ruler Shannon Briggs has followed suit.
Rather than taking up ringside duties and participating a head-to-head with Fury like WBC heavyweight champion Wilder is planning, Briggs intends to do what he always does and gatecrash the party.
Briggs, without a fight since 2016 due to a failed drugs test, is back in contention to fight and needs to get his name in the mix once again the only way the 46 year-old knows how.
It won’t be the first time ‘The Cannon’ has shown up during fight week to disrupt events as Briggs has done similar to David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko, whilst turning up in Manchester recently for Tyson Fury’s comeback victory.
The outspoken American is set to add a little light relief to proceedings which have become very serious since Wilder and Fury announced their intentions to fight in 2018.
Wilder is ready to put his title on the line against one-time unified champion Fury this November in Las Vegas once the 29 year-old has overcome Francesco Pianeta – as he’s fully expected to do.
Some fans may be left disappointed though as Briggs released his flight information for Friday, meaning he’ll miss Tuesday’s press conference, Wednesday’s public workout and Friday’s weigh-in.
Frank Warren may well breathe a sigh of relief as the promoter knows he’d have his hands well and truly full with the ex-WBO title holder on the loose.
Fury shares top-billing with Carl Frampton on the night – as well as another Belfast man in Paddy Barnes.
Frampton battles Luke Jackson whilst fulfilling a lifelong dream to compete at the National Stadium, whilst Barnes attempts to win the WBC flyweight belt in just his sixth bout against Cristofer Rosales.
One thing is for sure, with Wilder and Briggs scheduled to be in attendance, Saturday night just got even more interesting.