Wladimir Klitschko Next Fight: Many Want ‘Stalker’ Shannon Briggs Bout

December 11, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

A recent poll taken by BILD shows that 72 percent of Germans want to see heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko fight Shannon Briggs, who has been “stalking” and taunting him since earlier this year.

“Shannon is hoping that everyone will eventually say, ‘why don’t you just give this guy a shot so you can hurry up and knock this guy out,'” trainer and fighter Johnathon Banks said, per FightSaga. “That’s what Shannon wants.”

Briggs, 43, also said, “It makes all the sense in the world for Klitschko to fight me in New York next … From an economic business standpoint it’s a no brainer. I was born and raised in New York and the venue will be packed with my supporters.”

Klitschko will most likely face Bryant Jennings in Brooklyn.

But Briggs quoted the BILD in saying that most Germans want to see the two fight. “Wlad you said you want what the people want. The numbers don’t lie, as you saw the German media giant BILD had a resounding 72% wanting Briggs-Klitschko to fight next,” he said.

Klitschko recently dispatched Kubrav Pulev via knockout last month.

Klitschko also said that he wants to fight for the WBC title, which is held by Bermane Stiverne.

“My big wish is to bring the WBC belt back into the family,” he said, per AFP. “Wladimir is a true icon of boxing and the WBC would completely support a unification fight,” said WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman. “Wladimir couldn’t have been a WBC champion for a long time, because his brother held the title and they didn’t want to fight each other. The fact that Vitali clearly won’t fight again means the way is clear for Wladimir.”