When you’re the boxing heavyweight champion of the world, things are bound to go down as people below you start to harass you for fights. Back when Wladimir Klitschko held the strap, way before the time of Anthony Joshua, he was getting hounded left, right and centre by guys for fights they didn’t deserve or weren’t ready for.
Note to any up and coming boxers out there: Don’t go disturbing the champ when he’s trying to eat his lunch in peace, okay? One such man was Shannon Briggs, a twenty year veteran of the sport who was the two-time world heavyweight champion. Hardly a chump, “The Cannon” became well known for his unique style of trying to talk his way into fights.
Eventually, Briggs would get a fight with a Klitschko, but it would be for the WBC heavyweight title against Wladimir’s brother, Vitali. Billed as the “Thunderstorm”, the bout saw Briggs being handed a severe beating at the hands of the Ukrainian, being sent to intensive care with fractures to his orbital, a torn left bicep and a broken nose after he fell over in his locker room as a result of the fight.
Briggs would later pursue a bout with Wladimir Klitschko, much to Klitschko’s amusement, when he ripped his shirt off at a press conference and tried to storm the stage before Klitschko took on Alex Leapai. Convinced that Klitschko was trying to avoid him, Briggs would then confront Klitschko at Mama Mia’s Italian restaurant where he would begin to yell at the champion before beginning to eat the food right off his plate!