March 31, 2016
March 31, 2016
David Haye-Tony Bellew press conference

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DAVID HAYE is willing to let Shannon Briggs fight on the undercard of his May 21 contest against Arnold Gjergjaj – provided the American is allowed to box by the British Boxing Board of Control.

Briggs has been in the UK for a few weeks now in a bizarre attempt to secure fights with the likes of Haye, Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.

Yesterday he ‘gatecrashed’ Haye’s press conference and confronted the former two-weight world champion, saying that “nobody knows” who Gjergjaj is.

While that exaggeration has a fair bit of truth to it, Haye would not be goaded but did state that he would consider fighting the 44-year-old Briggs if he “passes a brain scan.” By that he means the physical examinations a fighter must pass in order for the BBBofC to grant them a license to box in the UK.

Haye then suggested – as Briggs continued to wrestle with security – that Shannon could fight on his undercard if he was “really serious about getting a fight.”

Conveniently, Briggs agreed and swiftly left the building. It remains to be seen if the BBBofC will indeed allow Briggs to fight in England.

Promoter Eddie Heard has also expressed his interest on having Briggs – a larger than life character – box on a Matchroom show.