Shannon Briggs

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Shannon Briggs
Real name Shannon Briggs
Nickname(s) The Cannon
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Reach 80 in (203 cm)
Nationality American
Born (1971-12-04) December 4, 1971 (age 44)
Brooklyn, New York City,
New York, United States
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 67
Wins 59
Wins by KO 52
Losses 6
Draws 1
No contests 1

Shannon Briggs (born December 4, 1971) is an American professional boxer. He is a former lineal and WBO world heavyweight champion. Nicknamed "The Cannon", Briggs currently holds the record for most first-round knockouts at 36. He has also had a minor acting career, appearing in the 2003 film Bad Boys II.

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. 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.[1]

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, 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[edit]

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.[2] 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."[3]

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[edit]

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.[4]

Title Bout vs Lennox Lewis - "March Badness"[edit]

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".[5][6]

The Fight[edit]

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.[7]


WBO title vs Liakhovich[edit]

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.[2]

Defense vs Ibragimov[edit]

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[edit]

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.[8][9] 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 bicep.[10] 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.

2014 Comeback[edit]

In 2014, Briggs has won 6 bouts, winning 5 by knockout, earning the NABA Heavyweight title in the process.

K-1 Career[edit]

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[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.[11]

Championships and awards[edit]


  • North American Boxing Association
    • NABA Heavyweight (+91 kg/200 lb) Championship
  • United States Boxing Association
    • USBA Heavyweight (+91 kg/200 lb) Championship
  • World Boxing Council
    • WBC Fecarbox Heavyweight (+91 kg/200 lb) Championship
    • WBC Latino Heavyweight (+91 kg/200 lb) Championship

Professional boxing record[edit]

59 Wins (52 knockouts), 6 Losses, 1 Draw, 1 No Contest[12]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 59-6-1
1 NC
United States Michael Marrone KO 2 (10) 05/09/2015 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida
Win 58-6-1
1 NC
Hungary Zoltan Petranyi KO 1 (10) 27/03/2015 Panama Hotel Sortis, Panama City, Panama Referee deducted one point from Briggs for illegal action.
Win 57-6-1
1 NC
United States Richard Carmack KO 1 (10) 01/11/2014 United States Isle of Capri Casino, Lula, Mississippi, USA Carmack down three times.
Win 56-6-1
1 NC
United States Cory Phelps TKO 1 (10) 23/08/2014 United States Ring of Dreams Boxing Gym, Winston-Salem, North Carolina Retained NABA heavyweight title and won interim WBC Latino heavyweight title.
Win 55-6-1
1 NC
Brazil Raphael Zumbano Love UD 12 28/06/2014 United States Remington Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Won vacant NABA heavyweight title. Raphael Zumbano Love was down in the 12th round.
Win 54-6-1
1 NC
United States Matthew Greer TKO 1 (10) 17/05/2014 United States Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia Greer down once.
Win 53-6-1
1 NC
Mexico Francisco Mireles KO 1 (10) 19/04/2014 United States Black Bear Casino, Carlton, Minnesota
Win 52-6-1
1 NC
United States Maurenzo Smith KO 1 (10) 11/04/2014 United States Double Tree Westshore Hotel, Tampa, Florida
Loss 51-6-1
1 NC
Ukraine Vitali Klitschko UD 12 16/10/2010 Germany O2 World Hamburg, Altona, Hamburg For WBC heavyweight title.
Win 51-5-1
1 NC
United States Rob Calloway TKO 1 (10) 28/05/2010 United States Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, Virginia
Win 50-5-1
1 NC
United States Dominique Alexander TKO 1 (10) 21/05/2010 United States Capitale, New York
Win 49-5-1
1 NC
Cuba Rafael Pedro KO 1 (10) 13/04/2010 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida Won vacant WBC Latino heavyweight title.
NC 48-5-1
1 NC
United States Marcus McGee NC 1 (8) 03/12/2009 United States 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.[13]
Loss 48-5-1 Russia Sultan Ibragimov UD 12 02/06/2007 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City Lost WBO heavyweight title.
Win 48-4-1 Belarus Siarhei Liakhovich TKO 12 (12) 04/11/2006 United States 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 United States Chris Koval RTD 3 (12) 24/05/2006 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York Retained NABO & NABA heavyweight titles. Won vacant USBA heavyweight title.
Win 46-4-1 United States Dicky Ryan KO 4 (12) 18/03/2006 United States Fort Smith, Arkansas Won vacant NABA & NABO heavyweight titles.
Win 45-4-1 Brazil Luciano Zolyone KO 1 (12) 10/12/2005 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico Won vacant WBC FECARBOX heavyweight title.
Win 44-4-1 United States Brian Scott KO 1 (10) 26/11/2005 United States Fort Smith, Arkansas
Win 43-4-1 United States Ray Mercer KO 7 (10) 26/08/2005 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida
Win 42-4-1 Ghana Abraham Okine TKO 3 (10) 10/06/2005 United States Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York
Win 41-4-1 United States Demetrice King TKO 2 (6) 03/03/2005 United States Madison Square Garden, New York
Win 40-4-1 United States Jeff Pegues TKO 1 (10) 06/03/2004 United States Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York
Win 39-4-1 United States Wade Lewis TKO 3 (8) 28/08/2003 United States The Plex, North Charleston, South Carolina
Win 38-4-1 United States John Sargent TKO 1 (12) 19/07/2003 United States War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale Won vacant IBU heavyweight title.
Win 37-4-1 United States Marvin Hill TKO 1 (10) 27/03/2003 United States War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale
Loss 36-4-1 United States Jameel McCline UD 10 27/04/2002 United States Madison Square Garden, New York Briggs down in 6th.
Win 36-3-1 The Bahamas Reynaldo Minus KO 1 (8) 01/12/2001 United States Jacob Javits Center, New York
Win 35-3-1 United States Jason Waller TKO 1 (10) 19/10/2001 United States The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas Waller down twice.
Win 34-3-1 United States Russell Chasteen KO 1 (10) 07/04/2001 United States Coeur D'Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho
Win 33-3-1 United States Eric Curry KO 1 (10) 02/11/2000 United States Coeur D'Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho
Loss 32-3-1 United States Sedreck Fields MD 8 27/04/2000 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City
Win 32-2-1 United States Waren Williams TKO 3 (10) 24/02/2000 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City
Draw 31-2-1 South Africa Francois Botha MD 10 07/08/1999 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City Botha down in round 8.
Win 31–2 United States Marcus Rhode TKO 1 (10) 08/12/1998 United States Roseland Ballroom, New York City
Loss 30–2 United Kingdom Lennox Lewis TKO 5 (12) 28/03/1998 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City Lost Lineal heavyweight title. For WBC heavyweight title. Briggs down 3 times.
Win 30–1 United States George Foreman MD 12 22/11/1997 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City Won Lineal heavyweight title. Foreman's last fight.
Win 29–1 Spain Jorge Valdes TKO 10 (10) 24/06/1997 United States Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Win 28–1 United States Melton Bowen TKO 1 (10) 15/04/1997 United States West Orange, New Jersey Bowen knocked down twice. Referee stops the fight without starting the count.
Win 27–1 United States Eric French TKO 2 (8) 21/02/1997 United States Mahi Temple Shrine Auditorium, Miami
Win 26–1 United States Tim Ray KO 1 (10) 25/09/1996 United States Robert Treat Hotel, Newark
Loss 25–1 United States Darroll Wilson TKO 3 (10) 15/03/1996 United States Atlantic City Convention Center Briggs down once in the 3rd round.
Win 25–0 United States Calvin Jones TKO 1 (10) 15/12/1995 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win 24–0 United States Sherman Griffin TKO 1 (10) 22/09/1995 United States Lewiston, Maine
Win 23–0 United States Will Hinton TKO 1 (8) 25/08/1995 United States Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City
Win 22–0 United States Marion Wilson PTS 8 24/03/1995 United States Richard J. Codey Arena, West Orange, New Jersey
Win 21–0 United States Craig Payne UD 8 13/01/1995 United States Bally's Atlantic City, West Orange
Win 20–0 United States Mike Faulkner KO 2 (?) 21/10/1994 United States Palm Springs, California
Win 19–0 United States Mark Young TKO 8 (?) 26/08/1994 United States Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, West Orange, New Jersey, United States
Win 18–0 United States Exum Speight TKO 1 (?) 04/08/1994 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win 17–0 United States Jimmy Ellis TKO 1 (?) 12/03/1994 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 16–0 United States Mike Faulkner KO 6 (?) 20/02/1994 United States Biloxi Belle Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Win 15–0 United States Danny Wofford UD 6 09/12/1993 United States Paramount Theatre, New York, New York, United States
Win 14–0 United States Tim Noble TKO 3 (?) 10/11/1993 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 13–0 United States Danny Blake PTS 6 10/07/1993 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 12–0 United States Bruce Johnson TKO 1 (6) 22/05/1993 United States RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., United States
Win 11–0 United States Ron Gullette TKO 1 (6) 25/03/1993 United States Harrah's Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 10–0 United States Robert Pagan Perez KO 1 (?) 09/12/1992 United States Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 9–0 United States Rocky Bentley PTS 4 04/12/1992 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 8–0 United States Rick Honeycutt TKO 1 (?) 21/11/1992 United States Miami, Florida, United States
Win 7–0 Tony Simpson TKO 1 (?) 13/11/1992 United States Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Win 6–0 United States Donnie Penelton KO 1 (?) 29/10/1992 United States Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Win 5–0 United States Juan Quintana TKO 3 (?) 09/10/1992 United States Tiverton, Rhode Island, United States
Win 4–0 Greg Santos KO 1 (?) 19/09/1992 United States Troy, New York, United States
Win 3–0 Ed Carlson KO 1 (?) 28/08/1992 United States Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Win 2–0 United States Cedric Sims KO 1 (?) 06/08/1992 United States Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Win 1–0 United States John Basil Jackson KO 1 (4) 24/07/1992 United States Catskill, New York, United States Pro debut for Briggs.

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes


Film credits[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Bad Boys II Haitian Gang
2005 Transporter 2 Max
2007 Three Days to Vegas Security Guard
2008 The Wackness Bodyguard #1

Television appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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


External links[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Briggs's Career Hits a Detour, N.Y. Times article, 1996-03-17, Retrieved on 2013-10-22
  3. ^ Foreman Blocks the Way as Briggs Moves Up, N.Y. Times article, 1997-11-19, Retrieved on 2013-10-22
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Foreman Decision Is Protested, N.Y. Times article, 1997-12–03, Retrieved on 2013-06-10
  6. ^ Lewis Agrees To Fight Briggs, N.Y. Times article, 1998-01–07, Retrieved on 2013-06-10
  7. ^ Lewis Gets No Glory Points In Knocking Out Briggs, N.Y. Times article, 1998-03–29, Retrieved on 2013-06-10
  8. ^ Thomas Dierenga (October 14, 2010). "Briggs Vitali steals the show again". Retrieved May 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ Karpeles R. (October 17, 2010). "Shannon Briggs in Hospital after Vitali Klitschko Fight". Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  11. ^ SHANNON 'THE CANNON' BRIGGS K.O.'d In $420K Legal Bout
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ Briggs suspended for 90 days
  14. ^
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
Succeeded by
Derrell Dixon
Preceded by
George Foreman
Lineal Champion
November 22, 1997 - March 28, 1998
Succeeded by
Lennox Lewis