Shannon Briggs

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Shannon Briggs
Born(1971-12-04) December 4, 1971 (age 42)
Brooklyn, New York
Other namesThe Cannon
NationalityAmerican
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight120 kg (260 lb; 19 st)
DivisionHeavyweight
Reach80 in (200 cm)
StyleBoxing
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofBrooklyn, New York
TrainerTeddy Atlas
Chuck McGregor
Yoel Judah
Years active1992-2010
Professional boxing record
Total58
Wins51
By knockout45
Losses6
By knockout2
Draws1
Kickboxing record
Total1
Wins1
By knockout1
Losses0
Draws0
Amateur career
Total38
Wins35
Losses3
Draws0
 
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Shannon Briggs
Born(1971-12-04) December 4, 1971 (age 42)
Brooklyn, New York
Other namesThe Cannon
NationalityAmerican
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight120 kg (260 lb; 19 st)
DivisionHeavyweight
Reach80 in (200 cm)
StyleBoxing
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofBrooklyn, New York
TrainerTeddy Atlas
Chuck McGregor
Yoel Judah
Years active1992-2010
Professional boxing record
Total58
Wins51
By knockout45
Losses6
By knockout2
Draws1
Kickboxing record
Total1
Wins1
By knockout1
Losses0
Draws0
Amateur career
Total38
Wins35
Losses3
Draws0
Shannon Briggs
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Boxing
Pan American Games
SilverHavana 1991Heavyweight

Shannon Briggs (born December 4, 1971) is an American former boxer who competed in the heavyweight division. After a successful amateur career in which he was a New York Golden Gloves and United States champion as well as a silver medalist at the 1991 Pan American Games, Briggs tuned professional in 1992 and defeated George Foreman via a controversial majority decision to become the lineal world heavyweight champion in 1997.[1] After losing to Lennox Lewis by technical knockout in a bid for the WBC World Heavyweight Championship in 1998, he later won a number of regional titles during the 2000s before TKO'ing Siarhei Liakhovich for the WBO heavyweight strap in 2006. He would lose this belt to Sultan Ibragimov the following year, however, and took a vicious beating at the hands of Vitali Klitschko in his second attempt at the WBC title in what would be his last fight in October 2010.

He is the last American heavyweight to have held a major world title, and has acted in several films.

Early life[edit]

Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, Briggs was homeless for a period in his childhood. At age 17, Briggs began training at Jimmy O'Pharrow's Starrett City Boxing Club in Brooklyn, NY.

Amateur career[edit]

Briggs became New York City Golden Gloves champion, New York State Champion, National P.A.L. Champion and finished second place as a Heavyweight at the Panamerican Games in 1991, losing the final to Félix Savón. In 1992 he became the United States Amateur Champion.

Professional career[edit]

Briggs began his career in 1992 and was undefeated in his first 25 fights. He suffered his first loss when he was knocked out in three rounds by undefeated Darroll Wilson in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1996. The fight was broadcast on HBO and was a showcase of young heavyweight fighters.

Following this loss, Briggs beat George Foreman for the Lineal heavyweight title; he then lost to Lennox Lewis for the WBC heavyweight title. In their 1998 fight, Briggs had Lewis in trouble early but lost by TKO in the fifth round.

Briggs competed briefly for the K-1 kickboxing promotion in 2004. In his lone kickboxing match, he knocked out Tom Erikson, a mixed martial artist with a background in collegiate wrestling, just over a minute into round one at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2004 in Saitama in Saitama, Japan on March 27, 2004.

Shannon won the WBO heavyweight title when he knocked out Sergei Liakhovich in the last round of a November 4, 2006, matchup. After a lackluster 11 rounds which left the Arizona crowd restless, Briggs was losing on all three judges' scorecards. Sensing urgency, Briggs pressed the fight in the 12th round and knocked Liakhovich down. Briggs subsequently trapped him on the ropes and continued his assault, knocking Liakhovich out of the ring. Liakhovich landed on a ringside table, and the referee stopped the bout. The official time was 2:59.[1]

In his first title defense Shannon Briggs was to face Sultan Ibragimov on March 10, 2007; however, Briggs pulled out of the fight because he was diagnosed with "aspirational pneumonia." The fight was rescheduled fifty days later in Atlantic City on June 2, 2007, with a sluggish Briggs losing in a unanimous decision.

On October 16, 2010 Briggs fought in a WBC title challenge against Vitali Klitschko in the O2 World at Hamburg. His entrance music for the fight was performed by DJ Structure the Spin Dr.[2][3] During the fight Briggs took a severe beating and, after the fight, went down in his quarters. Brought to a hospital Briggs was initially treated in intensive care and found to have suffered a left orbital fracture, a broken nose, and a torn left biceps.[4] In addition, he had another facial fracture above the right eye and a burst ear drum.

Briggs was promoted by Don King Productions and is self managed.

Outside the ring[edit]

Briggs is also an actor. He made his television acting debut on New York Undercover in 1995 and has since appeared in feature films Bad Boys II, with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, Transporter 2, and The Wackness.

Briggs also made an appearance on the Fugees' breakthrough album, The Score. He appears in the music video for rapper Thirstin Howl III's song "Surrounded By Criminals" (from his 2011 album Natural Born Skiller).

Shannon Briggs was summoned to US Federal Court District South Carolina on June 7, 2012, according to court documents Kali Bowyer, Briggs ex-publicist was awarded over $420,000.00 plus interest for her services.[5]

Championships and awards[edit]

Boxing[edit]

Boxing record[edit]

51 Wins (45 knockouts), 6 Losses, 1 Draw, 1 No Contest [2]
ResultRecordOpponentTypeRoundDateLocationNotes
Loss51-6-1
Vitali KlitschkoUD1216/10/2010O2 World Hamburg, Altona, HamburgFor WBC heavyweight title.
Win51-5-1
Rob CallowayTKO1 (10)28/05/2010Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, Virginia
Win50-5-1
Dominique AlexanderTKO1 (10)21/05/2010Capitale, New York
Win49-5-1
Rafael PedroKO1 (10)13/04/2010Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Hollywood, FloridaWon vacant WBC Latino heavyweight title.
NC48-5-1
Marcus McGeeNC1 (8)03/12/2009Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom, New YorkResult changed to a no contest after Briggs tested positive for a banned substance.[6]
Loss48-5-1Sultan IbragimovUD1202/06/2007Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic CityLost WBO heavyweight title.
Win48-4-1Siarhei LiakhovichTKO12 (12)04/11/2006Chase Field, PhoenixWon WBO heavyweight title.
Win47-4-1Chris KovalRTD12 (12)24/05/2006Hammerstein Ballroom, New YorkRetained NABO & NABA heavyweight titles. Won vacant USBA heavyweight title.
Win46-4-1Dicky RyanKO4 (12)18/03/2006Fort Smith, ArkansasWon vacant NABA & NABO heavyweight titles.
Win45-4-1Luciano ZolyoneKO1 (12)10/12/2005Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto RicoWon vacant WBC FECARBOX heavyweight title.
Win44-4-1Brian ScottKO1 (10)26/11/2005Fort Smith, Arkansas
Win43-4-1Ray MercerKO7 (10)26/08/2005Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida
Win42-4-1Abraham OkineTKO3 (10)10/06/2005Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York
Win41-4-1Demetrice KingTKO2 (6)03/03/2005Madison Square Garden, New York
Win40-4-1Jeff PeguesTKO1 (10)06/03/2004Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York
Win39-4-1Wade LewisTKO3 (8)28/08/2003The Plex, North Charleston, South Carolina
Win38-4-1John SargentTKO1 (12)19/07/2003War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale
Win37-4-1Marvin HillTKO1 (10)27/03/2003War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale
Loss36-4-1Jameel McClineUD1027/04/2002Madison Square Garden, New York
Win36-3-1Reynaldo MinusKO1 (8)01/12/2001Jacob Javits Center, New York
Win35-3-1Jason WallerTKO1 (10)19/10/2001The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Win34-3-1Russell ChasteenKO1 (10)07/04/2001Coeur D'Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho
Win33-3-1Eric CurryKO1 (10)02/11/2000Coeur D'Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho
Loss32-3-1Sedreck FieldsMD827/04/2000Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City
Win32-2-1Waren WilliamsTKO3 (10)24/02/2000Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City
Draw31-2-1Francois BothaMD1007/08/1999Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic CityBotha down in round 8.
Win31–2Marcus RhodeTKO1 (10)08/12/1998Roseland Ballroom, New York City
Loss30–2Lennox LewisTKO5 (12)28/03/1998Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic CityLost Lineal heavyweight title. For WBC heavyweight title.
Win30–1George ForemanMD1222/11/1997Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic CityWon Lineal heavyweight title.Was Forman's last fight.
Win29–1Jorge ValdesTKO10 (10)24/06/1997Baton Rouge
Win28–1Melton BowenTKO1 (10)15/04/1997West Orange, New Jersey
Win27–1Eric FrenchTKO2 (8)21/02/1997Mahi Temple Shrine Auditorium, Miami
Win26–1Tim RayKO1 (10)25/09/1996Robert Treat Hotel, Newark
Loss25–1Darroll WilsonTKO3 (10)15/03/1996Atlantic City Convention Center
Win25–0Calvin JonesTKO1 (10)15/12/1995Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win24–0Sherman GriffinTKO1 (10)22/09/1995Lewiston, Maine
Win23–0Will HintonTKO1 (8)25/08/1995Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City
Win22–0Marion WilsonPTS824/03/1995Richard J. Codey Arena, West Orange, New Jersey
Win21–0Craig PayneUD813/01/1995Bally's Atlantic City, West Orange
Win20–0Mike FaulknerKO2 (?)21/10/1994Palm Springs, California
Win19–0Mark YoungTKO8 (?)26/08/1994Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, West Orange, New Jersey, United States
Win18–0Exum SpeightTKO1 (?)04/08/1994Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win17–0Jimmy EllisTKO1 (?)12/03/1994MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win16–0Mike FaulknerKO6 (?)20/02/1994Biloxi Belle Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win15–0Danny WoffordUD609/12/1993Paramount Theatre, New York, New York, United States
Win14–0Tim NobleTKO3 (?)10/11/1993Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win13–0Danny BlakePTS610/07/1993Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
Win12–0Bruce JohnsonTKO1 (6)22/05/1993RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., United States
Win11–0Ron GulletteTKO1 (6)25/03/1993Harrah's Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win10–0Robert Pagan PerezKO1 (?)09/12/1992Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win9–0Rocky BentleyPTS404/12/1992Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
Win8–0Rick HoneycuttTKO1 (?)21/11/1992Miami, Florida, United States
Win7–0Tony SimpsonTKO1 (?)13/11/1992Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Win6–0Donnie PeneltonKO1 (?)29/10/1992Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Win5–0Juan QuintanaTKO3 (?)09/10/1992Tiverton, Rhode Island, United States
Win4–0Greg SantosKO1 (?)19/09/1992Troy, New York, United States
Win3–0Ed CarlsonKO1 (?)28/08/1992Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Win2–0Cedric SimsKO1 (?)06/08/1992Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Win1–0John Basil JacksonKO1 (4)24/07/1992Catskill, New York, United States

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

Filmography[edit]

Film Credits[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2003Bad Boys IIHaitian Gang
2005Transporter 2Max
2007Three Days to VegasSecurity Guard
2008The WacknessBodyguard #1

Television Appearances[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1993Naked SportHimselfDocumentary, EP Welcome to the Sewer
1995New York UndercoverRalphieEP Knock You Out
2003Trina: The Making of a Diamond PrincessHimselfDocumentary
2006Quite Frankly with Stephen A. SmithHimselfGuest on Talk Show

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External links[edit]

References[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sergei Liakhovich
WBO Heavyweight Champion
4 November 2006 – 2 Jun 2007
Succeeded by
Sultan Ibragimov
Preceded by
John Bray
United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion
1992
Succeeded by
Derrell Dixon
Preceded by
George Foreman
Lineal Champion
November 22, 1997 - March 28, 1998
Succeeded by
Lennox Lewis