Shannon Briggs claims he’s ‘accepted’ fight with Wladimir Klitschko and says heavyweight legend is making comeback to the boxing ring

Shannon Briggs has remarkably claimed that he’s accepted a fight with Wladimir Klitschko, whom he insists is making a comeback.

The American former heavyweight champion admitted details are vague at present, explaining he’d only just been approached about the contest.

Briggs confronted Klitschko on multiple occasions when he pursued a title shot in 2014/15

However, he said he’d accepted the proposal straight away.

Briggs told the Sky Toe2Toe podcast: “Fate has it as it is, just today I accepted to fight Wladimir Klitschko in his comeback fight.

“You’re the first person to know it, my wife don’t even know this, she’s outside, she don’t even know this.

“You guys are the first people to know this, I swear to God, on my mother’s grave.

“No-one knows this, you’re the first people to know this.”

Briggs remains a notable name in combat sports
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Since he retired following his defeat to Anthony Joshua in 2017, Klitschko has dropped a few comeback hints.

There have been suggestions over the past four years that he could return once he is old enough to break George Foreman’s record as the oldest man to win a heavyweight world title.

Foreman was 45 when he beat Michael Moorer in 1994 and held a belt until he was 46.

Klitschko turned 45 in March, while Briggs is 49.

Klitschko and Joshua delivered a heavyweight classic back in 2017, the Ukrainian’s last fight before retiring
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When asked if this will be a legimitate professional contest or an exhibition, Briggs added: “I don’t know.

“They just called me today, I wanna say an hour ago, two hours ago, and said, ‘Hey, you wanna fight Wladimir Klitschko?’

“I said, ‘Yeah.’

“I haven’t even told anybody yet, I’ve been on the phone with my other businesses.

“They didn’t have to ask me twice. As soon as they called me and asked, ‘Would you like to fight Klitschko?’ I said, ‘Let’s go, champ!’”