By Mark Vester
When heavyweights Wladimir Klitschko and Derek Chisora met face to face in the UK, they traded some harsh words over last Saturday's performance of Shannon Briggs. Klitschko tried to praise Briggs for showcasing a brave effort by lasting a full twelve rounds of punishment at the hands of his older brother, WBC champion Vitali Klitschko. On December 11, Wladimir will defend his WBO/IBO/IBF titles against Chisora.
"I have to defend Shannon Briggs right here after the quote that you mentioned Derek. He is not someone who just came to the event to get paid," Klitschko said in response to Chisora stating that "Briggs only came for a payday."
"No, champ. Hold on," Chisora said as he cut Klitschko off. "He came to get paid like the rest of the Americans. I'm coming across the road. He came to get paid like the rest of the Americans."
"Are you getting paid for this fight?" - asked Klitschko.
"I don't want the money, I told you already. I am coming to physically take the titles off you," Chisora answered back.
"Good, that's what I'm expecting," Klitschko said.
"Good, then I'm expecting you to give me a better fight than you gave....," Chisora was stating as Klitschko cut him off and said.......
"I'm not talking about you right now, I'm talking about the performance of Shannon Briggs. You need to give respect to this man," Klitschko said.
"No, I will not," Chisora barked off. "I don't respect Shannon Briggs. He's a letdown to boxing. He's an embarrassment to boxing. He should hang up his gloves. If I saw him myself I would have slapped his face. He's an embarrassment to boxing. For him to take that fight and to come in there and have a sparring session with your brother. That is not a fight for heavyweight boxers. He didn't take any risks. He came to get paid. George Foreman was a legend. You and brother will never fill his shoes. You made boxing stink."
As Klitschko took a shot at David Haye - Chisora said - "Me and David Haye will come out with victories against you and your brother because me and David Haye are better athletes. We love the passion of boxing."