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Wladimir Klitschko insists stalker Briggs not on his list

Lee Cleveland Updated
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Lineal heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KO) insists he has no interest in fighting combacking former belt -holder Shannon Briggs (57-6-1, 50 KO).

Briggs, who is 6-0 with 5 KOs since his comeback started in April, has stalked and publicly taunted Wlad ever since he returned, hoping to generate enough buzz to create the groundswell for a potential Klitschko vs Briggs showdown.

Wherever Wlad goes, Shannon goes. And the latter has proceeded to heckle, threaten and taunt the champion, insisting he will not stop until Klitschko agrees to fight him.

And Shannon's tactics seem to be working.

In a recent poll taken by German media giant BILD, 72 percent of those questioned chose Shannon Briggs as their desired next opponent for heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko who looked sensational in dispatching top-rated contender Kubrat Pulev in November.

However, Wlad recently downplayed Briggs' chances of being awarded a title shot from him.

"Briggs is a little crazy and he's just trying to get us together in the ring. But at the moment it is unrealistic," said Wladimir.

Klitschko, of course, will likely face Bryant Jennings next in Brooklyn.

Last month, Wladimir Klitschko's manager, Bernd Bönte, told the media the 43 year old Briggs was Team Klitschko's 'fall back' option should the Jennings fight fall through.

Given the heat being generated in the division, Shannon will have to do a lot more than heckle Wladimir if he wants a title shot. The 38 year old Klitschko is not short on opponents as possible high-profile showdowns with more deserving top contenders, such as Bermane Stiverne, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, would make more sense from a revenue and legacy-building standpoint.

Should Briggs upset a top ten heavyweight, don't be surprised if Wladimir Klitschko changes his mind.
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