December 4, 1971
Brooklyn, New York
|Other names||The Cannon|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||260 lb (120 kg; 19 st)|
|Reach||80 in (203 cm)|
|Professional boxing record|
|Boxing record from Boxrec|
Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs (born December 4, 1971) is an American professional boxer. Briggs is a former Lineal and WBO world heavyweight champion. He currently holds the world record for most first round knockouts at 38. Briggs has defeated three world heavyweight champions during his career in George Foreman, Ray Mercer and Siarhei Liakhovich. He has also had a small actor career appearing in Bad Boys II
- 1 Early life
- 2 Amateur career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Outside the ring
- 5 Championships and awards
- 6 Professional boxing record
- 7 Kickboxing record
- 8 Filmography
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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. He was diagnosed with asthma as a child, which made his mother skeptical of him having any success in boxing. Shannon vowed to knockout all of his opponents in the first round so his mother wouldn't have to worry about his breathing condition. He attributes the promise he made to his mother as the motivation behind him becoming the record holder for "most first round knockouts" in boxing history. Shannon's mother died due to a heroin overdose on December 4, 1986, Shannon's birthday in Brownsville, 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, and was trained by Teddy Atlas. 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.
Lineal Championship vs Foreman
Coming into the fight, Briggs sported a 29–1 record with; 24 of his wins came by way of knockout after fighting a total of 86 rounds. However, despite his impressive record, his one loss had been a third round knockout against Darroll "Doin' Damage" Wilson on HBO the previous year which halted his momentum and hurt his status as one of the premier up-and-coming heavyweights. However, realizing that a win over Foreman would get him back into contention, Briggs vowed to be ready for the fight stating that he was "confident that I can go in and fight for 12 rounds and win a decision."
After capturing the WBA and IBF titles from Michael Moorer late in 1994, George Foreman forfeited both titles but retained the Lineal championship and successfully defended that crown (as well as the lowly regarded WBU heavyweight title) against then-undefeated prospects Crawford Grimsley and Lou Savarese. Following his win over Savarese, Foreman was given the opportunity to face Lennox Lewis for Lewis' WBC heavyweight title, with Foreman first having to win a "eliminator" bout against a contender. The WBC supplied Foreman with a list of acceptable opponents, including future heavyweight champions Chris Byrd and Hasim Rahman and the recently returned former Undisputed Heavyweight Champion James "Buster" Douglas, though Foreman ultimately picked Briggs.
The fight was a controversial one as Briggs ultimately picked up the victory by way of majority decision. Through the course of the fight, Foreman landed more punches and had a higher percentage of his punches land than Briggs. Foreman landed 284 of his 488 punches for a 58% success rate while Briggs only landed 45% of his punches, going 223 for 488.
Foreman spent much of the fight as the aggressor while Briggs spent a lot of the fight retreating. In the later rounds Foreman's power punches seemed to take a toll on the younger Briggs, as he began slowing down and all but abandoned his tactic of moving away from Foreman and was hit from some heavy shots as a result. In the 12th and final round, Foreman tried hard for a knockout victory and was able to break Briggs' nose but was unable to score a knockdown. As a result, the result went to the judge's scorecards.
One judge scored the fight a draw at 114–114 while the other two had the fight scored 116–112 and 117–113 in favor of Briggs, giving him both the majority decision win and the Lineal heavyweight title.
Title Bout vs Lennox Lewis - "March Badness"
After Lennox Lewis successfully defended his WBC title in a dominating first round knockout victory over Andrew Golota, he agreed to defend his title against the winner between Briggs-Foreman in the elimination bout organized by the WBC to determine who would become Lewis' next opponent. Though Foreman's promoters protested the result and Lewis instead turned his attention to a potential unification match with Evander Holyfield, Lewis ultimately agreed to defend his WBC championship against Briggs in a fight billed as "March Badness".
With only 30 seconds left in the first round, Briggs was able to land a short left hand that staggered Lewis. Briggs then began a furious 20-second rally that saw him land several power punches in an attempt to gain the knockout victory. Briggs concluded his assault with a right hook that sent Lewis stumbling into the corner with 15 seconds left, Briggs quickly attempted to continue his attack with Lewis in the corner, but Lewis was able to get a hold of Briggs and clinched him until the round ended. Lewis rebounded in round two and much like in the previous round, used his left jab to keep Briggs at bay. However, as the second minute of the round came to a close, Briggs landed a powerful left hook that staggered Lewis, but Lewis was able to withstand Briggs' follow-up combination and ended the round strongly by landing two combinations within the round's last 10 seconds.
Lewis began the fourth round aggressively and landed a combination that sent Briggs into the ropes. Briggs attempted to backpedal away, but Lewis landed a right hand that stunned Briggs. After continuing his assault on Briggs, Lewis was finally to gain a knockdown after a right hook dropped Briggs to the canvas 43 seconds into the round. After being dominated by Lewis for the entire round, Briggs was able to land some offense and hit Lewis with a strong left hand with 42 seconds left in the round. Lewis avoided Briggs' follow-up punches and countered with a left hook and a three-punch combination that again sent Briggs down to mat. Briggs was able to answer the referee's count at eight and survived the remainder of the round.
In the fifth round, Lewis knocked Briggs down for the third time with a powerful right hook at 1:09 into the round. Briggs laid flat on his back for five second but got back up at the count of eight and continued with the fight. After Briggs collapsed to the mat following a missed left hook, referee Frank Cappuccino stopped the fight and awarded Lewis the victory by technical knockout.
WBO title vs Liakhovich
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.
Defense vs Ibragimov
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.
Bout vs Vitali Klitschko
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.
In 2014, Briggs has won 6 bouts, winning 5 by knockout, earning the NABA Heavyweight title in the process.
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.
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.
Briggs has also coined the phrase "Let's go champ" as his official rally cry and motivational tool for his followers on Instagram. He can be seen on every Instagram video he posts repeating the phrase over and over again for motivation.
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
Professional boxing record
|58 Wins (52 knockouts), 6 Losses, 1 Draw, 1 No Contest|
|Zoltan Petranyi||KO||1 (10)||27/03/2015||Hotel Sortis, Panama City, Panama|
|Richard Carmack||KO||1 (10)||01/11/2014||Isle of Capri Casino, Lula, Mississippi, USA||Carmack down three times.|
|Cory Phelps||TKO||1 (10)||23/08/2014||Ring of Dreams Boxing Gym, Winston-Salem, North Carolina||Retained NABA heavyweight title and won interim WBC Latino heavyweight title.|
|Raphael Zumbano Love||UD||12||28/06/2014||Remington Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||Won vacant NABA heavyweight title. Raphael Zumbano Love was down in the 12th round.|
|Matthew Greer||TKO||1 (10)||17/05/2014||Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia||Greer down once.|
|Francisco Mireles||KO||1 (10)||19/04/2014||Black Bear Casino, Carlton, Minnesota|
|Maurenzo Smith||KO||1 (10)||11/04/2014||Double Tree Westshore Hotel, Tampa, Florida|
|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||Originally a 1st round KO, 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. Briggs won the fight with one second left. Liakohvich down twice in round 12.|
|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||Won vacant IBU heavyweight title.|
|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||Briggs down in 6th.|
|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||Waller down twice.|
|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. Briggs down 3 times.|
|Win||30–1||George Foreman||MD||12||22/11/1997||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City||Won Lineal heavyweight title. Foreman's last fight.|
|Win||29–1||Jorge Valdes||TKO||10 (10)||24/06/1997||Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|Win||28–1||Melton Bowen||TKO||1 (10)||15/04/1997||West Orange, New Jersey||Bowen knocked down twice. Referee stops the fight without starting the count.|
|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||Briggs down once in the 3rd round.|
|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||Pro debut for Briggs.|
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
- Briggs's Career Hits a Detour, N.Y. Times article, 1996-03-17, Retrieved on 2013-10-22
- Foreman Blocks the Way as Briggs Moves Up, N.Y. Times article, 1997-11-19, Retrieved on 2013-10-22
- Briggs Wins, Crowd Boos and Foreman Says He Likely Won't Fight Again, N.Y. Times article, 1997-11-23, Retrieved on 2013-10-22
- Foreman Decision Is Protested, N.Y. Times article, 1997-12–03, Retrieved on 2013-06-10
- Lewis Agrees To Fight Briggs, N.Y. Times article, 1998-01–07, Retrieved on 2013-06-10
- Lewis Gets No Glory Points In Knocking Out Briggs, N.Y. Times article, 1998-03–29, Retrieved on 2013-06-10
- 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