Briggs' last win came on June 10

Updated: August 8, 2005, 9:06 PM ET
Asociated Press

NEW YORK -- Shannon Briggs looks to keep his heavyweight championship hopes alive with a bout against Ray Mercer.

I am the guy with the locks, I am the guy who's done the modeling, who's been in movies, who's out there in the hip-hop world. ... And a lot of fighters are envious of that, they get jealous.
Shannon Briggs

The "Heavyweight Heat" matchup is Aug. 26 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

Briggs is 42-4-1 with 36 knockouts and has won six straight fights since a loss to Jameel McCline at Madison Square Garden.

Mercer is 34-5-1 with 25 knockouts and has won 11 of his last 12 fights, losing only to Wladimir Klitschko. He was understated at a press conference with Briggs in New York on Monday.

"I can sit here and talk to you all night, but I am going to let Shannon have the stage," he said. "He's going to do all the talking. I will see you on the 26th."

Briggs' most recent win, a third-round knockout of Abraham Okine, came on June 10.

"I know when guys step up to fight Shannon Briggs, they are coming to beat [me]," Briggs said. "Because I am the guy with the locks, I am the guy who's done the modeling, who's been in movies, who's out there in the hip-hop world.

"I put myself out there. If I don't, who will? We are not like the NFL, the NBA -- this sport itself is not promoted. So I am trying to get myself out there. And a lot of fighters are envious of that, they get jealous," he said.