Briggs (55-6-1-1, 48 KOs) earned a unanimous decision over Brazilian Raphael Zumbano Love to capture the vacant NABA heavyweight strap on June 28.
A native Brooklynite, Briggs floored Love (34-8-1, 27 KOs) in the opening and final rounds.
“Very early in my life I have been an underdog,” said Briggs, 42, who has won four consecutive bouts since getting gruesomely defaced by Vitali Klitschko in October 2010.
“In terms of boxing, many wrote me off after the Lennox Lewis fight that I lost. Nearly a decade later, I won the heavyweight championship of the world. There has not been one American to win the heavyweight championship of the world since me back in 2006 and they have had their opportunities. Here I am in another decade in pursuit of the world title again. I’m in the best shape of my life right now both mentally and physically. I’m doing things the right way and living right. Like I said before, my life is like a continuous movie.”
Meanwhile, the 38-year-old Klitschko (62-3, 53 KOs) is tentatively slated to defend The Ring, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts against mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev on September 6 at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
Most recently, without breaking a sweat, Klitschko pulverized Alex Leapai in April.
The 6-foot-6 Klitschko (62-3, 53 KOs) bullied the 6-foot Leapai (30-5-3, 24 KOs) to the canvas twice before ending the outclassed Australian with a huge right to the jaw with 58 seconds left in the fifth.
Currently ranked third in the pound-for-pound rankings, Klitschko has now emerged triumphant in 20 consecutive outings since suffering a TKO at the hands of Lamon Brewster in April 2004.
Even more impressively, Hayden Panettiere’s fiancé has won 16 straight title contests and remains a threat to Joe Louis’ longstanding record of 25 successful defenses.
As a 6-foot-4, 240-pound muscleman with extreme power, Briggs will always have a puncher's chance and Klitschko doesn’t exactly own a granite chin.
Nevertheless, after the legendary pugilist knocks Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) onto Queer Street, Shannon Briggs should forever remove the notion of “a continuous movie” starring Wladimir Klitschko.