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Photos: Briggs Loses Mind, Goes After Klitschko at Presser

By Adrian Warren

World heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko has had to hold Australian challenger Alex Leapai back after former world champion Shannon Briggs gatecrashed their media conference in Germany.

Klitschko, who defends his four titles against the Queenslander on Sunday Australian time, was in the middle of some introductory comments at the media conference in Dusseldorf when 42-year old Briggs stormed into the room.

He called out Klitschko and questioned the quality of his opponents, describing Leapai as a bum.

"I switched into Lionheart mode, I really wanted to fight him," Leapai told AAP.

"But Wladimir just told me 'our focus is our fight, just leave it at that' so I just left it at that."

When 42-year-old former WBO champion Briggs finally left the room, Klitschko said a fight with the American, made no sense.

Briggs recently emerged from a three-and-a-half year hiatus following a loss to Klitschko's brother Vitali, with two first round wins in eight days.

Instead he defended his decision to fight Leapai, whose credentials had been questioned by Briggs.

"I've dome my homework for the last eight weeks and I'm ready for the exam," Klitschko said.

"I know I'm going to have a great challenge on Saturday night.

"He's the Australian Rocky Balboa."

Leapai said he was looking forward to making history.

"It's something I've been dreaming about for years.

"I have an opportunity now to fulfill my dream."

Unbeaten in his last 19 fights over 10 years, Klitschko stressed he was still highly motivated despite his seeming domination of the heavyweight division.

"Trust me, I'm not bored at all," Klitschko said.

"I've never felt as good as I do now."

Leapai's trainer Noel Thornberry cheekily said he was looking forward to his man having a rematch with Klitschko after the Australian won his title.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jackson8 on 04-23-2014

Briggs is still mad for being shoved off to fight Wlad brother instead. Too bad Briggs is so past it because Vitali isn't around anymore to take the punchers on.

Comment by beez721 on 04-23-2014

[QUOTE=LacedUp;14458891]Boytsov top 10 :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: Oh my god, what has the world come to. haha[/QUOTE] boytsov was ranked in the top 10 by the wbo sadly. even more sadly is there's even worse fighters ranked in the top 10…

Comment by PainfromUkraine on 04-23-2014

Briggs like a little kid after a trinket belt. I think he should go to the WBA, I am sure they will sort him out with a 'regular' belt to take home if he's a good boy. #alliwantisthetitlegiveitupandnobodygetshurtexceptwlady Hashtag of…

Comment by Mr. Philadel on 04-23-2014

[QUOTE=MaskedMurderer;14459008]hwo the hell did dude go from zero to an all out non stop sweat inside a minute. From [IMG]http://www.boxingscene.com/uploads/76974/klitschko-leapai-briggs%20(18).jpg[/IMG] TO [IMG]http://www.boxingscene.com/uploads/76974/klitschko-leapai-briggs%20(1).jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE] :rofl::rofl:

Comment by Mr. Philadel on 04-23-2014

[QUOTE=PainfromUkraine;14455375]LOL you guys need to see Briggs' Instagram...he basically posted as he was invading the presser and the hashtags he used...damn hahaha they need to be seen to be believed...dude's definitely going insane. #THEYTRYINGTOHOLDMEBACK #LETSGOCHAMP #SHANNONBRIGGS #THECANNON Today I'm in…

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