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Haye puts Briggs on undercard, promises to fight him if he wins

Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs recently crashed David Haye's news conference in London and may end up landing a fight against him. Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs, who has been trolling for a big payday for the past few years, might actually get one.

The 44-year-old Briggs (59-6-1, 52 KOs) borderline stalked Wladimir Klitschko to get a fight and the constant cries of "Let's go, champ" were everywhere, but he couldn't land a fight with him. He couldn't entice Deontay Wilder into fight him either. But he just might get a chance against former titlist David Haye.

Briggs crashed Haye's recent news conference when he announced a May 21 fight at London's O2 Arena against Arnold Gjergjaj. Naturally, Briggs went wild with his "Let's go, champ" chant.

While Briggs' antics did not result in getting a fight with Haye immediately, he might land one eventually if Haye, who announced on Thursday that Briggs would appear on the undercard, is a man of his word.

"For all his brainless yelling, 'The Cannon' Briggs brings a wealth of experience," Haye said. "He has shared the ring with champions such as George Foreman, Lennox Lewis and Vitali Klitschko. The public wants to see him fight, and with his opponent being announced next week, this is not one to be missed.

"I have promised if he wins his fight on May 21, I will fight him later this year. Trust me, if he does step in the ring with me, he is going to regret ever landing at Heathrow."

Haye (27-2, 25 KOs) ended a 3½-year layoff with a first-round knockout of Mark de Mori on Jan. 16. The fight with the equally obscure Gjergjaj (29-0, 21 KOs) will be his second fight on his comeback with Briggs perhaps looming next if they both win.