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Wladimir Klitschko’s manager, Bernd Boente, has insisted that Shannon Briggs’ claims that he will fight the heavyweight champion later this year are untrue.
Briggs claimed earlier this week that he had a date confirmed to face Klitschko set for September or possibly earlier and insisted that he had confirmation from the champion’s camp that it would happen.
The American fighter added that it would likely take place in Hamburg but it was still being negotiated while insisting that he was in terrific shape and ready to fight.
It continued a drawn out pursuit of Klitschko in which Briggs has stalked the heavyweight champion around the world and followed him around while eating, training or just relaxing.
Klitschko has slammed his actions and believes that he has gone too far after being involved in various altercations with the American over the past 12 months and he is currently trying to focus on his title defense against Bryant Jennings on April 25 at Madison Square Garden.
It is unclear as to how Briggs would have earned a title shot given that he hasn’t fought anyone credible in years, and so if the fight were to ever happen he would have to work his way through the rankings in order to obtain a high ranking with one of the governing bodies.
Boente told Boxing Scene that Briggs’ entire story is fabricated and that the champion will go on to face either Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury later this year, if he gets through his next fight unscathed.
“There is absolutely no truth in his story. First of all, Wladimir has a tough opponent coming up in the month of April with Jennings. Should everything go well, we are looking for a fight against either Wilder or Fury. But that also depends on the promoters on the other side of the table,” Boente said.
As a result, there is little chance of seeing Briggs in the ring with Klitschko any time soon and so unfortunately we may see some more disturbing acts from the American in his desperate pursuit of the champion.