December 4, 1971 |
Brooklyn, New York
|Other names||The Cannon|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||120 kg (260 lb; 19 st)|
|Reach||80 in (200 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Brooklyn, New York|
|Professional boxing record|
|Competitor for United States|
|Pan American Games|
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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
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.
Championships and awards
- International Boxing Union
- IBU World Heavyweight (+91 kg/200 lb) Championship
- New York Golden Gloves
- New York Golden Gloves Heavyweight (+75 kg/175 lb) Championship
- North American Boxing Association
- NABA Heavyweight (+91 kg/200 lb) Championship
- North American Boxing Organization
- NABO Heavyweight (+91 kg/200 lb) Championship
- United States Boxing Association
- USBA Heavyweight (+91 kg/200 lb) Championship
- United States national amateur boxing championships
- World Boxing Council
- WBC Fecarbox Heavyweight (+91 kg/200 lb) Championship
- WBC Latino Heavyweight (+91 kg/200 lb) Championship
|51 Wins (45 knockouts), 6 Losses, 1 Draw, 1 No Contest |
||Vitali Klitschko||UD||12||16/10/2010||O2 World Hamburg, Altona, Hamburg||For WBC heavyweight title.|
||Rob Calloway||TKO||1 (10)||28/05/2010||Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, Virginia|
||Dominique Alexander||TKO||1 (10)||21/05/2010||Capitale, New York|
||Rafael Pedro||KO||1 (10)||13/04/2010||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida||Won vacant WBC Latino heavyweight title.|
||Marcus McGee||NC||1 (8)||03/12/2009||Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom, New York||Result changed to a no contest after Briggs tested positive for a banned substance.|
|Loss||48-5-1||Sultan Ibragimov||UD||12||02/06/2007||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City||Lost WBO heavyweight title.|
|Win||48-4-1||Siarhei Liakhovich||TKO||12 (12)||04/11/2006||Chase Field, Phoenix||Won WBO heavyweight title.|
|Win||47-4-1||Chris Koval||RTD||12 (12)||24/05/2006||Hammerstein Ballroom, New York||Retained NABO & NABA heavyweight titles. Won vacant USBA heavyweight title.|
|Win||46-4-1||Dicky Ryan||KO||4 (12)||18/03/2006||Fort Smith, Arkansas||Won vacant NABA & NABO heavyweight titles.|
|Win||45-4-1||Luciano Zolyone||KO||1 (12)||10/12/2005||Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico||Won vacant WBC FECARBOX heavyweight title.|
|Win||44-4-1||Brian Scott||KO||1 (10)||26/11/2005||Fort Smith, Arkansas|
|Win||43-4-1||Ray Mercer||KO||7 (10)||26/08/2005||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida|
|Win||42-4-1||Abraham Okine||TKO||3 (10)||10/06/2005||Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York|
|Win||41-4-1||Demetrice King||TKO||2 (6)||03/03/2005||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|Win||40-4-1||Jeff Pegues||TKO||1 (10)||06/03/2004||Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York|
|Win||39-4-1||Wade Lewis||TKO||3 (8)||28/08/2003||The Plex, North Charleston, South Carolina|
|Win||38-4-1||John Sargent||TKO||1 (12)||19/07/2003||War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale|
|Win||37-4-1||Marvin Hill||TKO||1 (10)||27/03/2003||War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale|
|Loss||36-4-1||Jameel McCline||UD||10||27/04/2002||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|Win||36-3-1||Reynaldo Minus||KO||1 (8)||01/12/2001||Jacob Javits Center, New York|
|Win||35-3-1||Jason Waller||TKO||1 (10)||19/10/2001||The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas|
|Win||34-3-1||Russell Chasteen||KO||1 (10)||07/04/2001||Coeur D'Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho|
|Win||33-3-1||Eric Curry||KO||1 (10)||02/11/2000||Coeur D'Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho|
|Loss||32-3-1||Sedreck Fields||MD||8||27/04/2000||Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City|
|Win||32-2-1||Waren Williams||TKO||3 (10)||24/02/2000||Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City|
|Draw||31-2-1||Francois Botha||MD||10||07/08/1999||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City||Botha down in round 8.|
|Win||31–2||Marcus Rhode||TKO||1 (10)||08/12/1998||Roseland Ballroom, New York City|
|Loss||30–2||Lennox Lewis||TKO||5 (12)||28/03/1998||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City||Lost Lineal heavyweight title. For WBC heavyweight title.|
|Win||30–1||George Foreman||MD||12||22/11/1997||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City||Won Lineal heavyweight title.Was Forman's last fight.|
|Win||29–1||Jorge Valdes||TKO||10 (10)||24/06/1997||Baton Rouge|
|Win||28–1||Melton Bowen||TKO||1 (10)||15/04/1997||West Orange, New Jersey|
|Win||27–1||Eric French||TKO||2 (8)||21/02/1997||Mahi Temple Shrine Auditorium, Miami|
|Win||26–1||Tim Ray||KO||1 (10)||25/09/1996||Robert Treat Hotel, Newark|
|Loss||25–1||Darroll Wilson||TKO||3 (10)||15/03/1996||Atlantic City Convention Center|
|Win||25–0||Calvin Jones||TKO||1 (10)||15/12/1995||Madison Square Garden, New York City|
|Win||24–0||Sherman Griffin||TKO||1 (10)||22/09/1995||Lewiston, Maine|
|Win||23–0||Will Hinton||TKO||1 (8)||25/08/1995||Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City|
|Win||22–0||Marion Wilson||PTS||8||24/03/1995||Richard J. Codey Arena, West Orange, New Jersey|
|Win||21–0||Craig Payne||UD||8||13/01/1995||Bally's Atlantic City, West Orange|
|Win||20–0||Mike Faulkner||KO||2 (?)||21/10/1994||Palm Springs, California|
|Win||19–0||Mark Young||TKO||8 (?)||26/08/1994||Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, West Orange, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||18–0||Exum Speight||TKO||1 (?)||04/08/1994||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||17–0||Jimmy Ellis||TKO||1 (?)||12/03/1994||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||16–0||Mike Faulkner||KO||6 (?)||20/02/1994||Biloxi Belle Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||15–0||Danny Wofford||UD||6||09/12/1993||Paramount Theatre, New York, New York, United States|
|Win||14–0||Tim Noble||TKO||3 (?)||10/11/1993||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||13–0||Danny Blake||PTS||6||10/07/1993||Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||12–0||Bruce Johnson||TKO||1 (6)||22/05/1993||RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., United States|
|Win||11–0||Ron Gullette||TKO||1 (6)||25/03/1993||Harrah's Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||10–0||Robert Pagan Perez||KO||1 (?)||09/12/1992||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||9–0||Rocky Bentley||PTS||4||04/12/1992||Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||8–0||Rick Honeycutt||TKO||1 (?)||21/11/1992||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||7–0||Tony Simpson||TKO||1 (?)||13/11/1992||Revere, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||6–0||Donnie Penelton||KO||1 (?)||29/10/1992||Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||5–0||Juan Quintana||TKO||3 (?)||09/10/1992||Tiverton, Rhode Island, United States|
|Win||4–0||Greg Santos||KO||1 (?)||19/09/1992||Troy, New York, United States|
|Win||3–0||Ed Carlson||KO||1 (?)||28/08/1992||Lexington, Kentucky, United States|
|Win||2–0||Cedric Sims||KO||1 (?)||06/08/1992||Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States|
|Win||1–0||John Basil Jackson||KO||1 (4)||24/07/1992||Catskill, New York, United States|
1 win (1 KOs), 0 losses, 0 draws
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
|2003||Bad Boys II||Haitian Gang|
|2007||Three Days to Vegas||Security Guard|
|2008||The Wackness||Bodyguard #1|
|1993||Naked Sport||Himself||Documentary, EP Welcome to the Sewer|
|1995||New York Undercover||Ralphie||EP Knock You Out|
|2003||Trina: The Making of a Diamond Princess||Himself||Documentary|
|2006||Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith||Himself||Guest on Talk Show|
- Official website
- Professional boxing record for Shannon Briggs from BoxRec
- Shannon Briggs at the Internet Movie Database
- K-1 Sport profile
- Thomas Dierenga (October 14, 2010). "Briggs Vitali steals the show again". Bild.de. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
- "SHANNON BRIGGS – ENTERTAINER UND HERAUSFORDERER: WERDE DEN OKTOPUS KLITSCHKO IN MEINEM NETZ FANGEN". RTL. October 14, 2010. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
- Karpeles R. (October 17, 2010). "Shannon Briggs in Hospital after Vitali Klitschko Fight". Retrieved October 17, 2010.
- SHANNON 'THE CANNON' BRIGGS K.O.'d In $420K Legal Bout
- http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=4791499 Briggs suspended for 90 days
|Awards and achievements|
|WBO Heavyweight Champion
4 November 2006 – 2 Jun 2007
|United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion
November 22, 1997 - March 28, 1998