Shannon Briggs fired a warning to David Haye on social media last month, claiming he was on his way to the United Kingdom to “raise hell”.
Well, the 44-year-old New Yorker has lived up to his promise.
Briggs made a surprise appearance during Haye’s press conference on Wednesday - the British fighter announced Kosovo-born Arnold Gjergjaj as his opponent for May 21 - and called out his favoured next opponent in person.
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After being stopped by security, Briggs, in typically hilarious fashion, said: “Don’t touch me. I can talk to whoever I wanna talk to. Do yourself a favour, don’t touch the champ.”
He then pulled out his phone and began recording, before turning to Haye and shouting: "Let's go champ! David, I've got you on camera. Do me a favour and tell the people at home why you're fighting someone we've never heard of instead of me.
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“We haven’t heard of this guy. I'll knock him out right now. Where did you get him from? Tesco? Sainsburys? Whole Foods?
"I came to your country for a fight. Let's go champ. Give us an answer champ. We need an answer."
Briggs added: "David, I've been looking for you everywhere and you're playing hide and seek. He's scared of me, y'all. Let me just get it on camera. London - he's scared of me! Don't believe the hype. He's a fraud.
"He came back and now he's saying I'm looking for a pay day? He's looking for a pay day. I'm ready to fight right now. I came to London ready to fight."
Haye, according to the Mirror, then responded: "Will you pass a brain scan? That's the question. If you pass your medical and pass the brain scan, we'll think about it. At this stage, you're 44 years old."
Fans may have been hoping for a better opponent
Haye, 35, returned to boxing in January, following a three-and-a-half-year break, and secured a comfortable TKO against Australia’s Mark de Mori at the O2 Arena.
The O2 Arena is the destination for his next fight, scheduled to take place on May 21, although fans were probably hoping for a higher-profile opponent.
However, Haye has promised to donate 10 per cent of ticket sales from his next fight to Nick Blackwell, who remains in an induced coma after suffering a bleed on the brain during last weekend’s British middleweight title defeat by Chris Eubank Jr.
Briggs, meanwhile, has won his last eight fights and hasn’t been halted in a bout since 1998, when Lennox Lewis stopped him in five rounds.
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