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Shannon Briggs Claims Crazy Tag Team Boxing Talks With Mike Tyson

Shannon Briggs Claims Crazy Tag Team Boxing Talks With Mike Tyson

Shannon Briggs has added a new level of weirdness to Mike Tyson's comeback, by claiming he's held talks with Iron Mike over a tag team boxing fight.

News of Tyson's comeback came about earlier this week when he posted a video of himself in training as he said he was hoping to take part in some exhibition fights.

A fight against Sonny Bill Williams, which Tyson has denied, and a rematch with Danny Williams have both been reported but now Briggs, who hasn't retired yet despite being 48-years-old, is offering something completely new.

"I talked to Mike [Tyson], we're talking about it, if we can bring it into fruition then it's a go," Briggs said of a tag team fight on Instagram Live.

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"We're better all put in as a tag team, Mike Tyson and Shannon Briggs verses the Klitschko brothers, or David Haye, let him replace his brother.

"Tag team literally, you could tag them in like (you see in) wrestling."

Briggs is hoping to team with 'Iron Mike' and together take on former heavyweight champions, and brother, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko and if one of the Ukrainians isn't up for it then pair them with their former rival David Haye.

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Tyson's last fight was in 2005 but Briggs was just four years ago and he is still technically an active boxer, and often turns up to fight weeks looking for an opportunity.

Vitali, the older of the two Klitschko's, retired in 2012, as the reigning WBC champion, whilst Wladimir hung up his gloves after losing to Anthony Joshua in 2017, losing his final two fights.

Briggs fought on the undercard of one of Haye's comeback fights and wanted to fight the British heavyweight. Image: PA Images
Briggs fought on the undercard of one of Haye's comeback fights and wanted to fight the British heavyweight. Image: PA Images
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Haye, who lost to Wladimir in 2011, retired in 2012 but returned four years later and then retired again after his back-to-back losses against Tony Bellew.

A long with Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis have hinted at returns to action whilst Haye has also claimed he'd be willing to get back in the ring.

The former undisputed cruiserweight champion said he'd be willing to fight the winner of a Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua unification fight but that seems unlikely.

Would you want to see Briggs new idea in the ring? Let us know what you think of tag team boxing in the comments.

Topics: Heavyweight boxing, Mike Tyson, David Haye, Boxing News, Boxing, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko, Evander Holyfield

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