Sam Peterís Promoter to Briggs: Youíre a Liar!

05.02.06 - Promoter Duva harshly rebuts Briggsí claims of a 600,000 offer to fight Samuel Peter. Incensed by the publicly made claims of heavyweight contender Shannon Briggs and his manager, Scott Hirsch, regarding a possible fight against Samuel Peter, promoter Dino Duva has issued the following response:

ďI normally donít like responding to con artists, or getting involved in a circus act, but Shannon Briggs and his manager Scott Hirschís statements last night were so full of lies that I must respond to them this one time. Iíve always liked Shannon and Scott personally, but I think Shannonís dreadlocks may be turning his brains to mush. Itís also disappointing to me that Scott may be falling for his lies..

As to their contention that I offered Shannon Briggs a fight with Samuel Peter.

Iíve never called Shannon Briggs directly. And Iíve never offered him a specific fight or purse to face Samuel. EVER. The last time I spoke with or saw Shannon Briggs or Scott Hirsch was on December 15 at Sam Peterís fight in Florida. While we have discussed the concept of him fighting Sam at some point, no specific purse offers were made..

Their statement that I went around a fighterís representatives to offer him a fight directly.

I DO NOT go around fightersí representatives to offer fights. Thatís not the way I operate. And for the record, I would not even call his manager. If the fighter has a promoter, thatís who I would make a specific offer to, no one else.

Their statement that I went back on my word regarding an offer I made to them.

Do not attack my integrity. My word is very important to me. Not only have I never reneged on any offer to Briggs, Iíve never even made one.

To their contention that Shannon Briggs is worth a $600,000 purse.

Itís laughable. Itís my understanding that Shannon did a couple fights last year on pay-per-view and you could count the number of buys on your hands and toes. Ask the TV executives who control the purse strings in this business what they think of Shannonís request for $600,000.

That they are not pricing themselves out of this fight.

Wrong again. They just did, which, by the way, proves Samuel Peterís manager Ivaylo Gotzevís prediction that they would to be right on the money.

In closing, please do not waste the time of a true warrior and man like Samuel Peter with your lame circus-act attempt to get publicity. Samuel Peter has bigger and more important prey to conquer than Shannon Briggs."

Article posted on 06.02.2006

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