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Shannon Briggs volunteers to fight Mike Tyson and step in for Roy Jones Jr as he declares ‘Tag me in, champ’

SHANNON BRIGGS has volunteered to replace Roy Jones Jr and fight Mike Tyson after declaring: 'Tag me in champ'.

Tyson, 54, prepares to fight for the first time in 15 years, having signed to box Jones, 51, in an eight-round exhibition.

The pay-per-view spectacle was shifted from September to November, with Iron Mike continuing to share viral training videos online.

With the power and physical disadvantage, Jones admitted he could well have 'made a mistake' by agreeing to fight Tyson.

Briggs, 48, responded by putting his name into the hat to take his place.

He wrote on Instagram: "They say Champ having second thoughts.

"Tag me in Champ! I am from Brownsville too. Never ran, never will. Let’s go champ.”

Jones had threatened to walk away from fighting Tyson after the event was pushed back two month.

But the American great later agreed terms to remain involved.

And he has already started the kidology by insisting Tyson is the favourite going into the bout.

Jones told Sky Sports: "He's still Mike Tyson, he's still one of the strongest, most explosive people who ever touched a boxing ring. 

"If anything, I made a mistake going in with him. He's the bigger guy, he's the explosive guy.

"When it comes time to fight, we're going to fight. If it comes down to bite, we're going to bite. 

"Whatever has to happen, is going to happen, that's just what it is."

Roy Jones Jr looking sharp on pads aged 51 as boxing legend prepares for Mike Tyson showdown fight

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