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Shannon Briggs Talks His Drug Ban And Circumstances Surrounding It

Shannon Briggs Talks His Drug Ban And Circumstances Surrounding It

Shannon Briggs

The Heavyweight received a six month ban earlier this year following his testing positive to elevated levels of testosterone which was the second time in his Boxing Career.

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Nearing his return from the exile placed on him by the Boxing governing bodies Briggs has spent some time to explain the circumstances surrounding his drug test failure and how his use of those performance enhancement drugs has helped him get his normal life back.

"A doctor prescribed testosterone for depression and it truly helped me. I used unconventional ways, which came back to haunt me, but I needed to feel better," Briggs told Sky Sports .

"There was a time, prior to being introduced to testosterone, that I wanted to kill myself. But I was able to return to my family. I knew I was dealing with circumstances that would not be looked upon well [if I tested positive].

"I wasn't doing anything to help my performance, I was doing something to live, to survive.

"I tried to clean myself out, and actually took the test voluntarily. I failed, and let down lots of people including myself. But I was in a dark place. I was able to battle back through depression.

"I'm happy this news came out, champ, because there are a lot of people suffering. I woke up to a tweet saying: 'champ, you saved my life'. It was touching."

The 45 year old, has been in the Boxing business for more than two decades and has fought with the best if his time and the new era, becoming a champion twice in his career but Briggs still thinks he could still end up with a world title before he hands his gloves.

"I'll soon be 46,000 years old," he snarls, "but I'm looking forward to becoming a three-time heavyweight champion in three different decades, champ."

He defeated 48-year-old George Foreman in 1997 for the lineal world title, and became WBO champion with a last-gasp win over Sergei Liakhovich in 2006 and has since being calling himself the champion, not only for his World titles but for his various victories over depression, asthma and mental illness.

"A lot of people cannot take the darkness but I went through it," Briggs said. "Depression is not a choice. There are a lot of different factors.

"Testosterone - can I tell you that it did not save my life? I cannot tell you that. I'm an asthma sufferer and testosterone helps with that. I was born asthmatic so came into boxing with deficiencies.

"I'm not taking anything now - no testosterone, no nothing. I'm just a working man trying to make it, I'm not trying to cheat the system. I don't think fighters who test positive should be banned for life."
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