Briggs gets chance at title
TOMORROW night in Perth the Danny Green-Paul Briggs IBO cruiserweight world title tilt takes place.
Originally scheduled for Sydney, the bout was controversially moved two weeks ago after the NSW Boxing Authority refused sanction.
The reason coming from the authority was that they requested Briggs have a warm-up fight first so they could assess his ability, and also that the proper medical requirements were not received on time.
Green’s trainer Angelo Hyder, said: “It’s a ridiculous decision. Briggs was passed by the authority doctor, Lou Lewis, yet the decision was made without Lou Lewis being present at the meeting. It’s cost us money but that’s not the point.”
Briggs, 34, said he was “gutted” by the decision “made by old men in a room who couldn’t tie my gloves on”.
Briggs’ last fight was in 2007, a disappointing performance in out-scoring South African Rupert Van Aswegan.
The Gold Coast puncher rose to the WBC No.1 spot in the light heavyweight division besting top 10 contenders Glenn Kelly (KO 4), former WBA middleweight champion, Jorge Castro (W 10), Jesus Ruiz (W 12) and future WBA champion Stipe Drews (W 12).
His two world title losses came via majority decisions to Tomas Adamek for the WBC light heavyweight championships, with one judge carding a draw on both occasions.
He had Adamek hurt in the first clash, voted a candidate for 2005 fight of the year and had the Pole down in the first round of the second fight.
Adamek is now rated No.4 by Ring magazine at heavyweight having beaten Andrew Golota (KO 5) , Jason Estrada and Chris Aereola.
37-year-old Green’s record is 29 wins, three losses and 26 wins by way of knockout; Briggs’ is 26-3, 18 KOs.