By Edward Chaykovsky
Former WBO heavyweight world champion Shannon Briggs has continued his pursuit of David Haye.
This time Briggs went after him at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn - as both boxers attended the Showtime televised card which was headlined by Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton. Their near run-in was no surprise. Briggs is from Brooklyn, while Haye and Frampton share the same trainer in Shane McGuigan.
The two boxers are expected to face each other in the fall, after appearing on the same show in May at the O2 Arena in London. Both won their fights easily, by knockout, against overmatched opponents. Haye blew away Arnold Gjergjaj in two rounds, and Briggs picked apart Emilio Ezequiel Zarate for a first round stoppage.
Last month Briggs promised to honor the memory of Muhammad Ali by scoring a first round knockout of Haye. Briggs has 36 knockouts under his belt.
The veteran is planning to make the UK his second home. The British fans have embraced him as one of their own and he believes the majority of them are hoping that he knocks Haye out.
Briggs traveled to the UK several times in the last few months to chase down Haye.
"David Haye will fall in one round," Briggs told Sky Sports News HQ. "In memory of Muhammad Ali I will be knocking out David Haye in one round."
"I'm very confident that I will be winning the fight. Not only winning the fight in England but I will be residing in England for some time. I will be staying at Canary Wharf for some time and moving out to Kent soon.
"I'm looking forward to the fight. I think the people of Great Britain have embraced me in a great way and I feel honoured and looking forward to winning the title in England for them.
"I think that David is a good boxer but at the same time he's taken some time off, he's a young guy and you have to question why? I think that David knows he's shot and I'm going to prove it to the world that it's over for him."