Shannon Briggs relishing Fres Oquendo clash


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American Shannon Briggs is confident he will produce the goods when he takes on Fres Oquendo as he tries to win his third world heavyweight title on June 3.

The 45-year-old will return to the ring next month as he tries to win the WBA ‘regular’ title when he takes on Oquendo at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Florida.

If Briggs beats his 44-year-old opponent, he will become the second oldest fighter to win the world heavyweight title, with George Foreman currently holding the record.

A victory will also put him in the frame to take on WBA ‘Super’ champion Anthony Joshua and Briggs is confident he will prove too much for his rival.

Since losing to Vitali Klitschko in 2010, Briggs has won his last nine fights and he is feeling good ahead of his next bout.

“Fighting for the WBA heavyweight championship against Fres Oquendo is a wonderful opportunity and true privilege,” he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

“Being able to fight at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in front of my hometown fans and right in my backyard is extremely exciting.

“I’m working very hard right now with some great sparring partners that are pushing me to the limit. Fight night will be a long one for Fres Oquendo.

“I want to dedicate this fight to my children, my family, all of my fans and to all of the people around the world who have suffered from depression.

“I’m living proof that you can make it. Don’t give up. LET’S GO CHAMP!”

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