'I talked to Mike, it's official': Briggs says he'll fight Tyson

‘I just talked to Mike Tyson… it’s official, you’re going to see it happen’: Shannon Briggs announces he will fight 53-year-old heavyweight legend in comeback

  • Mike Tyson has been training and is planning a boxing comeback aged 53 
  • Evander Holyfield trilogy clash is on cards but Shannon Briggs announced fight 
  • He claims he spoke to Tyson and will step into the ring for heavyweight’s return
  • Briggs said: ‘I just talked to Mike, it’s going down, we’re going to make it happen’

Shannon Briggs has declared that he will be the man to fight Mike Tyson on the legendary heavyweight’s boxing return. 

Tyson, 53, has been training hard ahead of a controversial comeback and a trilogy fight against 57-year-old Evander Holyfield appeared to be edging closer. 

But 48-year-old Briggs made his announcement on Instagram live, claiming the fight between himself and Tyson is ‘official’. 

Shannon Briggs has announced that he will be the man to face Mike Tyson in his comeback

Tyson has been working hard on a return at the age of 53 and is set for an exhibition bout 

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He said: ‘I just talked to Mike Tyson, it’s going down, me and Mike, we’re going to make it happen, it’s official, you’re going to see it happen, Brownsville versus Brownsville.

‘Me and Tyson are going to lace up the gloves, we’re going to rumble, rumble in the jungle. We’re going to let our fist do the talking.’

The ‘Cannon’ is one of the more engaging characters in the heavyweight division but has not fought since 2016. 

He says the fight against Tyson will be an exhibition with the two KO artists going toe-to-toe. 

Briggs had previously revealed negotiations were taking place for a charity bout, telling Sirius XFM: ‘The money is there, the money is almost there, I can’t say much more, I’ll leave it at that.

‘This is for charity, this is exhibition, I want people to understand. We all know it’s an exhibition and then we will see what’s left in the tank.

The former heavyweight world champion wowed fans with his power on the pads 

‘It’s for charity, it will be fun, but this is Mike Tyson we are talking about. He naturally hits hard, so he might hit me and he might break my rib. We have to be fully prepared.’

On Saturday, Holyfield said his team were in talks with Tyson’s and he was confident over an agreement being reached, though no deal had been struck. 

Both men have recently posted workout videos showing off their physical prowess and Tyson has wowed fans with his famous power on the pads, though many from the boxing world are discouraging him from lacing the gloves up again over fears of serious injury. 

Evander Holyfield had previously confirmed talks were taking place over a fight with Tyson

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