I read on TysonTalk.com that Mike Tyson’s quest to be part of Sultan Ibragimov corner this weekend for his heavyweight clash with Shannon Briggs has hit a snag. Unfortunately, the former champion overlooked the minor detail of recording which fighter he will be working with on the application form. A frustrating technicality but I hope it can be overcome to facilitate Tyson assisting the challenger’s cause. To be honest, the fight needs every splash of interest it can get.
For all his punch power and charisma Shannon Briggs is no more the heavyweight champion than Mike Tyson is and his low rent clash with Ibragimov isn’t setting pulses racing. As a contest it is, however, hard to predict. Briggs will be hard pressed to find another lottery shot late in the fight as he did versus Serguei Lyakhovich and if the challenger can survive the early bombs, being dropped by Ray Austin en route to a draw doesn’t reflect well on his chin, he could build a way into the fight when the Briggs’ notorious breathing and stamina problems begin to curtail his effectiveness.