By Edward Chaykovsky
As BoxingScene.com previously reported, the World Boxing Association has ordered Shannon Briggs and Fres Oquendo to battle for the WBA "regular" heavyweight title. The sanctioning body has given them 30 days to reach an agreement.
The WBA title become vacant after Lucas Browne tested positive for a banned substance, twice.
Briggs wants to fight Oquendo in the UK, where the former WBO champion has gained a lot of fans. In 2016, Brigg was in hot pursuit of David Haye, but their expected fall collision never happened.
The WBA's "super" title at heavyweight is vacant and will be up for grabs when Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko collide on April 29th at Wmbley.
"Dreams do come true and it's finally time, there's history in the making," Briggs told Sky Sports in an exclusive interview. "I am looking forward to winning the title and making a lot of people see that it can be done. I would love for the fight to be in London. It would be great for it to be in the UK, anywhere in the UK. Manchester or Scotland would be a great place to have this. To be honest, I have been working for this for a long time and I would take it anywhere, but London would be great."
Briggs is still a bit steamed after Haye walked away from their potential showdown. Haye instead finalized a March 4th encounter with Tony Bellew, who moves up from the cruiserweight ranks. Briggs could still see the fight taking place in the future.
"It's good - not if I beat David back to a world title, just because of what he put me through, coming to England and fighting on his card. That was great and I can't argue with that because he opened me up to a much bigger fanbase but David's word upset me. Here I am fighting for a world title and he's fighting a cruiserweight, Tony Bellew, and there's a possibility he may get beat. And even if he doesn't, eventually he will have to come to The Champ, because once I knock Oquendo out, he's going to want a shot at me," Briggs said.