Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs) today announced his plans for 2018 including his return to the ring and the launch of a new business venture. “I’m really happy to be getting back into training and I want to fight in 2018,” said the 46-year-old Briggs. “This past year was a tough year for me. It’s been a long road, with many twists and turns, but I battled through it and feel good about the future. The Champ is back and ready to go!”
Briggs says he has endured bouts of depression, anxiety and severe pain resulting from the injuries sustained during fights, but he’s discovered an alternative wellness regiment that helped him to become stronger both mentally and physically. As a result, he found a purpose: to help other athletes and people who suffer from mental and physical ailments manage the pain by offering an alternative treatment approach.
“In addition to being excited about getting in the ring, I am also proud to launch my new business which will help athletes who suffer from the same type of pain issues that I do,” added Briggs.
Briggs newest business venture is Champ RX LLC. ChampRX plans to launch an alternative health and wellness line of CBD products that are 100% THC free. ChampRX has already partnered with several professional sports teams and organizations to enable research on how CBD products can help with CTE and other brain disease and damage caused by traumatic head injuries. The product line will be available to consumers in early 2018.
Briggs is 9-0 with 8 KOs since resuming his career in 2014. A WBA world title bout against Fres Oquendo last June was canceled after a VADA test showed elevated levels of testosterone in Briggs’ system. He received a six-month suspension, which ended in November.