Briggs calls out Haye over potential fight
Despite doubts surrounding a potential heavyweight clash between veteran fighters David Haye and Shannon Briggs, the American is showing little sign of letting the former World Champion off the hook without a fight. The duo were both in attendance during Karl Frampton’s win over Leo Santa Cruz in America this past weekend, with the 44-year-old wasting little time in pursuing Haye for a round of trash talk. Briggs has long wished for a fight with Haye, with many seeing it as the perfect fight for Haye following his comeback to the sport.
Following Briggs’ first round stoppage of Emilio Zarate at the O2 Arena in London a matter of months ago, which was on the undercard of Haye’s victory over Arnold Gjergjaj, the American believed that he had done enough to earn a fight with the Brit. However, talks between the two parties are now believed to have stalled, with a September bout now up in the air. David Haye is the bettor’s favourite for such a contest with bookmakers Betway with odds of 1/14, while his older contender is at 6/1.
Haye maintains his belief that he is the best heavyweight in the division despite coming in eight place in Sky Sports recent rankings, with a whole host of names in contention to become his next opponent. One man who is determined to face Haye in the future is WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellow. The British fighter believes he has what it takes to beat his compatriot, and a potential domestic blockbuster this Autumn remains an option for both men. Betway would undoubtedly offer David Haye odds of winning in comfortable fashion, however the bout would certainly capture the imagination of the British public.
As the Haye, the Londonder is still focusing on a potential future clash with IBF champion Anthony Joshua. Joshua is currently enjoying some time away from the sport following a busy 2016 schedule, which included a recent knockout victory over Dominic Breazeale, and Haye believes he has what it takes to defeat the former Olympic gold medallist. However, with Joshua having to face mandatory opponent Joshua Parker at some stage before January of next year, an all British heavyweight contest between the duo looks unlikely in the near future.