It seems everybody wants a piece of Tyson Fury since he announced his comeback in October.
The 'Gyspy King' hasn't stepped between the ropes since stripping Wladimir Klitschko of his heavyweight titles in 2015 and is hell-bent on collecting them once again. However, Fury will have to traverse a series of warm-up bouts before taking on a championship fight.
Enter Shannon Briggs. The eccentric American has been just one of numerous boxers to throw their hat into the ring for a clash with Fury, but arguably the most vocal.
Briggs didn't mess about when Fury announced his intentions, posting a hilarious rant on Instagram back in November and the rumours have persisted ever since.
The 46-year-old penned: "In a talks with #FrankWarren about me giving @gypsyking101 a good ole ass whippin.
"Frank seems to think that I’m going to be a simple tune up fight before a later fight with @anthony_joshua I had to explain to the old Geezer @frank_warren_official that he ain’t getting past me and that if he referred to me as a tune up again I would punish #PiesonFury slow and ruin em. 😂😂 Slow cooked 👨🍳 in the #CannonCooker."
Sensational. Just imagine the press conferences if these two agreed a fight!
Banter between the pair has cooled down in recent months with potential fights with the likes of David Price, Alexander Povetkin and Tony Bellew mooted for the 'Gypsy King.'
Briggs certainly hasn't lost interest, though, and in a Christmas interview with iFL TV, showed he was more than ready for Fury and hasn't lost a step with his fighting talk.
Presenter Kugan Cassius posed what seemed to be the rather rudimental question of who would win in a fight between Fury and Anthony Joshua - the ultimate goal of the former's return.
Cassius didn't exactly get a clean answer but boy, Briggs didn't hold back.
The American ranted: "Fury isn't to be talked about, Fury is nothing. Fury is fat, out of shape. He's lost a little bit of weight - I've seen a before and after about 30 days ago - he's trying but I think he's BSing.
"I don't think he's really going to fight, what he's doing now is getting a little bit of attention, he'll go into a crying fit and say this and that. He'll go into a rant and lose it all again.
"If you want to fight, let's go champ. Play no more games, let's stop making videos, send the contract and I'll fight wherever you want to fight at: Manchester, London, Hackney, Birmingham, Liverpool.
"I'll go anywhere champ, you name it. In Harrods. We'll fight in Harrods, just look at him."
Now that, ladies and gentlemen, is quite the answer - make the fight happen, Shannon. Maybe not in Harrods, though.
Who do you think would win the British mega fight - Joshua or Fury? Have your say in the comments section below.
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