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‘Rampage’ Jackson Set for Boxing Debut Against Former Heavyweight Champ


Jackson is ready to return to action, this time inside the
boxing ring.

The former
Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champ
announced on X (formerly known as Twitter) that he’ll be making his
boxing debut this year.

Jackson, 45, will take on former heavyweight boxing champion
Shannon Briggs (60-6-1), in Qatar on June 1.

“I finally got the contract. It’s been over two years in the making
of me hearing Mr. Shannon Briggs’ mouth. I get to shut him up once
and for all in Qatar, on June 1. I got to sign this contract,”
Jackson said in the announcement video.

“Shannon, you’re going to regret even calling me out all those
years ago and you’ve been posting just ungodly videos of me,
tagging me in ungodly videos, and I just endured it. I got the
contract. Thank, God. I’m going to shut your mouth once and for
all. Sign this sh*t.”

Briggs, 52, called out Jackson in 2021 for the first time and the
two have been teasing a fight ever since. They appeared as coaches
on the short-lived Triller Triad Combat with a clash expected to go
down the following year. However, the bout never came to

For a while, Jackson seemed to have lost interest in the booking
and was contemplating a return to mixed martial arts. Nevertheless,
the much-awaited booking with Briggs has finally materialized.

“Rampage” hasn’t competed in combat sports since a Round 1
technical knockout loss against Fedor
Emelianenko at
Bellator 237 in 2019, barring a two vs. two Fight Circus outing
with Bob
Sapp last year. Meanwhile, Briggs last fought in 2016, scoring
a knockout win over Emilio Ezequiel Zarate to extend his winning
streak to nine.

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