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Shannon Briggs looks to the UK for ring return

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American heavyweight Shannon ‘The Cannon’ Briggs 60-6-1 (53) hasn’t given up on his dream of fighting for another world title and has applied for a British boxing licence to help him achieve that goal.

The 47-year-old former world titleholder, who hasn’t stepped in the ring since scoring a first-round knockout on a David Haye undercard almost three years ago, sees his future in the UK.

Now entering his 27th year as a pro, the man who faced George Foreman and Lennox Lewis in back-to-back fights more than two decades ago insist he is not ready to retire.

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“We’ve been trying to look for the right fight,” Briggs explained to Sky Sports. “I’m actually going to go in front of the [British Boxing Board of Control], and hopefully get a licence here to fight. I’ve been licenced to fight in the US, but I would love to fight here in England.

“Hopefully you’ll see me in the ring in June or July, but I’ll be back this year hopefully.

“I get a great response from the people. People seem to be fans, so I’d love to fight here, but if not, I’ll hopefully fight on the undercard of Tyson Fury.

“If not, I’ll still keep at it. I’ll never give up.”

Briggs became the lineal heavyweight champion with his 12-round majority decision win over George Foreman at the Taj Majal Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey in November 1997. One judge scored the fight a draw at 114–114, while the other two had the fight scored 116–112 and 117–113 in favour of Briggs.

In his following fight four months later Briggs was stopped in five rounds by a rampaging Lennox Lewis who was making the third defence of the WBC title he regained from Oliver McCall a year earlier. Lewis has Briggs on the canvas three times.

In November 2006 Briggs nabbed the WBO title with a come-from-behind 12th round knockout of Siarhei Liakhovich before losing the belt by decision in his first defence to Sultan Ibragimov the following year.

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