Briggs' last win came on June 10
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.