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Klitschko gets into restaurant brawl as contender steals his lunch

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World heavyweight boxing champion Wladimir Klitschko has been involved in a bizarre brawl in a restaurant in Florida - and a fan appears to have caught the whole thing on cameraphone.

Klitschko was eating a bowl of pasta at Mama Mia's in a suburb of Miami called Hollywood when Shannon Briggs, himself a former world champion, stormed in and started accosting him.

After sitting down uninvited at Klitschko's table, Briggs starts helping himself to some food from the plate of the longest reigning IBF, WBO & IBO heavyweight champion in history.

Needless to say, it proves not to be a great idea. The pair get into a brawl, and, well, the rest you can see for yourself.

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Now we know what you're thinking. Surely this is nothing more than a PR stunt, right? Briggs simply trying to generate a bit of buzz to earn himself a bout against the younger Klitschko brother, so that he can get beaten once more as he was by Vitali in 2010? After all, Briggs already tried a similar stunt by breaking into a Wladimir training session a few weeks back.

That's what we were thinking too, though the gossip overlords TMZ - who broke the story - claim that both boxers' camps "insist" that the fight was genuine... and even reports that Briggs ended up in hospital having broken glass removed from his foot.

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