May 26, 2003
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From Koichi "Booker K" Kawasaki:
All have been announced for PRIDE.26…
Big-Time Boxing Crossover In The Works?
Briggs Is Game, But Needs More Time
How close is heavyweight boxer Shannon Briggs to entering mixed martial arts competition? Paying heed to every half-baked rambling on the Internet these days, you’d think the 6’4" dreadlocked knockout machine would be stepping into the UFC’s Octagon tomorrow. But, back here in the world of reality, Full Contact Fighter has the exclusive word on Briggs’ potential career in the sport.
A spokesperson for Briggs’ management team at American Top Team had this to say today regarding premature accounts announcing that Briggs has indeed signed a deal with the UFC to fight on their next card. "No, he hasn’t. Shannon is very interested in competing in MMA. Right now the pro boxing is his main focus, but he is interested in doing it — just not quite yet. He doesn’t quite think he is at the level he needs to be to participate in MMA at the level of the UFC.":
Taken from an extensive FCF interview conducted with Mr. Briggs last Wednesday, the 37-4-1 professional boxer verified his current status with the sport:
As part of the two-hour long interview, Briggs also gave details on his last year of training with Florida’s American Top Team, talked about which MMA promoters have approached him for employment, named who he’d like to square off against first, and commented on the boxing skills used by various fighters in MMA today. The interview, conducted by this very reporter, will appear in its entirety in the June issue of Full Contact Fighter.