Briggs in 2016
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Reach||80 in (203 cm)|
December 4, 1971 |
Brooklyn, New York City,
New York, U.S.
|Wins by KO||53|
- 1 Early life
- 2 Amateur career
- 3 Professional career
- 3.1 Lineal Championship vs Foreman
- 3.2 Title Bout vs Lennox Lewis - "March Badness"
- 3.3 Career from 1998–2006
- 3.4 Career from 2006–2010
- 3.5 2014 comeback
- 3.6 2016
- 4 K-1 Career
- 5 Outside the ring
- 6 Championships and awards
- 7 Professional boxing record
- 8 Kickboxing record
- 9 Filmography
- 10 External links
- 11 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. 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 and fighting a total of 86 rounds. However, despite his 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 fought Briggs.
The fight was controversial 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 made $5 million. Briggs got $400,000
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".
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 seconds 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.
Career from 1998–2006
Since the loss to Lennox Lewis, Briggs spent seven years fighting fighting against low ranked opponents. He went 17 wins, all by way of knockout, 2 losses, 1 by majority and 1 by unanimous decision and a majority draw versus Frans Botha in 1998. Notable wins were against Ray Mercer, Brian Scott, Luciano Zolyone, Dicky Ryan and Chris Koval.
Career from 2006–2010
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 (106-103 twice & 105-104). 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. If the referee had allowed the fight to continue after the second knockdown and Liakhovich had come back into the ring within 20 seconds, it would have resulted in a draw. 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 Briggs losing in a unanimous decision (111-117, 109-119, 113-115). At 273 pounds, Briggs was as heavy as he had been in his career. Briggs entered having won 12 consecutive fights prior to this. Briggs announced his retirement immediately following the bout.
Briggs returned in 2009 and scored his twenty-ninth first round knockout against Marcus McGee, stopping him in round 1. After the bout, Briggs tested positive for a banned substance, and was suspended. The result of the bout was changed to 'No Contest'. Briggs manager Ivalyo Gotzev, stated Briggs was on medication to control his asthma. "He's not a steroid user or a drug user. We're consulting with his physicians and seeing how to make the proper adjustments to make sure this doesn't happen again." Briggs fought three times in 2010 before fighting Vitali Klitschko. He knocked out Rafael Pedro, Dominique Alexander and Rob Calloway all inside the first round of their respective fights.
Briggs vs Vitali Klitschko
On October 16, 2010 Briggs fought in a WBC title challenge against Vitali Klitschko in the O2 World at Hamburg, the fight billed as 'Thunderstorm'. During the fight Briggs took a severe beating and after the fight, went down in his quarters. Briggs lost a clear unanimous decision (120-105 120-107 twice). 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. In addition, he had another facial fracture above the right eye and a burst ear drum.
After a gap of more than three years, Briggs fought six bouts in 2014 and a further two in 2015. He won all eight, seven by knockout, earning the NABA Heavyweight title in the process.
In March 2016, Briggs confronted David Haye at Haye's press conference for the announcement of his fight against little-known Arnold Gjergjaj at the O2 Arena on May 21, 2016. Haye did not agree to fight Briggs immediately but instead offered him the chance to fight on his undercard, promising that he would fight him next if he was victorious. Briggs agreed to this arrangement.
Briggs vs. Zarate
On May 3, it was announced that Briggs would fight 6’7-inch former European Heavyweight Champion, Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 27 KOs). His opponent was changed a few days before the fight to Jakov Gospic (17-14, 12 KOs)  and then to Emilio Ezequiel Zarate (20-16-3, 11 KOs). Briggs stopped Zarate in the first round of a scheduled 10 round bout. The fight was stopped at 2:22 of the round. The win for Briggs paves the way for him to fight David Haye in September.
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.
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
- Pan American Games
- 1991 Pan American Games Heavyweight (-91 kg/200 lb) Boxing Silver Medalist
- 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
- World Boxing Organization
Professional boxing record
|60 Wins (53 knockouts), 6 Losses, 1 Draw, 1 No Contest|
|69||N/A||N/A||David Haye||N/A||– (10)||October 22, 2016||The O2 Arena, London|
|Emilio Zarate||KO||1 (10) 2:20||May 21, 2016||The O2 Arena, London|
|Michael Marrone||KO||2 (10), 2:52||September 5, 2015||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Florida|
|Zoltan Petranyi||KO||1 (10), 1:52||March 27, 2015||Hotel Sortis, Panama City, Panama|
|Richard Carmack||KO||1 (10), 2:59||November 1, 2014||Isle of Capri Casino, Lula, Mississippi|
|Cory Phelps||TKO||1 (10), 1:18||August 23, 2014||Ring of Dreams Boxing Gym, Winston-Salem, North Carolina||Retained NABA heavyweight title;
Won interim WBC Latino heavyweight title.
|Raphael Zumbano Love||UD||12||June 28, 2014||Remington Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma||Won vacant NABA heavyweight title|
|Matthew Greer||TKO||1 (10), 0:27||May 17, 2014||Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, West Virginia|
|Francisco Mireles||KO||1 (10), 0:27||April 19, 2014||Black Bear Casino, Carlton, Minnesota|
|Maurenzo Smith||KO||1 (10), 2:59||April 11, 2014||Double Tree Westshore Hotel, Tampa, Florida|
|Vitali Klitschko||UD||12||October 16, 2010||O2 World Hamburg, Altona, Hamburg||For WBC heavyweight title|
|Rob Calloway||TKO||1 (10), 1:38||May 28, 2010||Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, Virginia|
|Dominique Alexander||TKO||1 (10), 0:20||May 21, 2010||Capitale, New York|
|Rafael Pedro||KO||1 (10), 0:28||April 13, 2010||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Florida||Won vacant WBC Latino heavyweight title|
|Marcus McGee||NC||1 (8), 2:01||December 3, 2009||Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom, New York|
|54||Loss||48-5-1||Sultan Ibragimov||UD||12||June 2, 2007||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City||Lost WBO heavyweight title|
|53||Win||48-4-1||Siarhei Liakhovich||TKO||12 (12), 2:59||November 4, 2006||Chase Field, Phoenix||Won WBO heavyweight title|
|52||Win||47-4-1||Chris Koval||RTD||3 (12), 3:00||May 24, 2006||Hammerstein Ballroom, New York||Retained NABO & NABA heavyweight titles;
Won vacant USBA heavyweight title.
|51||Win||46-4-1||Dicky Ryan||KO||4 (12), 2:37||March 18, 2006||Fort Smith, Arkansas||Won vacant NABA & NABO heavyweight titles;
NABF Heavyweight title eliminator
|50||Win||45-4-1||Luciano Zolyone||KO||1 (12), 0:11||December 10, 2005||Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico||Won vacant WBC FECARBOX heavyweight title.|
|49||Win||44-4-1||Brian Scott||KO||1 (10), 1:10||November 26, 2005||Fort Smith, Arkansas|
|48||Win||43-4-1||Ray Mercer||KO||7 (10), 0:41||August 26, 2005||Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Florida|
|47||Win||42-4-1||Abraham Okine||TKO||3 (10), 0:54||June 10, 2005||Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York|
|46||Win||41-4-1||Demetrice King||TKO||2 (6), 1:49||March 3, 2005||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|45||Win||40-4-1||Jeff Pegues||TKO||1 (10), 0:35||March 6, 2004||Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York|
|44||Win||39-4-1||Wade Lewis||TKO||3 (8)||August 28, 2003||The Plex, North Charleston, South Carolina|
|43||Win||38-4-1||John Sargent||TKO||1 (12), 0:17||July 19, 2003||War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale||Won vacant IBU heavyweight title.|
|42||Win||37-4-1||Marvin Hill||TKO||1 (10), 0:33||March 27, 2003||War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale|
|41||Loss||36-4-1||Jameel McCline||UD||10||April 27, 2002||Madison Square Garden, New York|
|40||Win||36-3-1||Reynaldo Minus||KO||1 (8), 2:21||December 1, 2001||Jacob Javits Center, New York|
|39||Win||35-3-1||Jason Waller||TKO||1 (10), 0:37||October 19, 2001||The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas|
|38||Win||34-3-1||Russell Chasteen||KO||1 (10), 2:55||April 7, 2001||Coeur D'Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho|
|37||Win||33-3-1||Eric Curry||KO||1 (10), 2:34||November 2, 2000||Coeur D'Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho|
|36||Loss||32-3-1||Sedreck Fields||MD||8||April 27, 2000||Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City|
|35||Win||32-2-1||Warren Williams||TKO||3 (10), 2:22||February 24, 2000||Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City|
|34||Draw||31-2-1||Francois Botha||MD||10||August 7, 1999||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City|
|33||Win||31–2||Marcus Rhode||TKO||1 (10), 2:55||December 8, 1998||Roseland Ballroom, New York City|
|32||Loss||30–2||Lennox Lewis||TKO||5 (12), 1:45||March 28, 1998||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City||For WBC heavyweight title;
Lost Lineal Heavyweight title.
|31||Win||30–1||George Foreman||MD||12||November 22, 1997||Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City||Won Lineal Heavyweight title|
|30||Win||29–1||Jorge Valdes||RTD||9 (10), 3:00||June 24, 1997||Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|29||Win||28–1||Melton Bowen||TKO||1 (10), 0:26||April 15, 1997||West Orange, New Jersey|
|28||Win||27–1||Eric French||TKO||2 (8), 2:23||February 21, 1997||Mahi Temple Shrine Auditorium, Miami|
|27||Win||26–1||Tim Ray||KO||1 (10)||September 25, 1996||Robert Treat Hotel, Newark|
|26||Loss||25–1||Darroll Wilson||TKO||3 (10), 2:17||March 15, 1996||Atlantic City Convention Center|
|25||Win||25–0||Calvin Jones||TKO||1 (10), 0:54||December 15, 1995||Madison Square Garden, New York City|
|24||Win||24–0||Sherman Griffin||TKO||1 (10), 1:17||September 22, 1995||Lewiston, Maine|
|23||Win||23–0||Will Hinton||TKO||1 (8), 1:50||August 25, 1995||Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City|
|22||Win||22–0||Marion Wilson||PTS||8||March 24, 1995||Richard J. Codey Arena, West Orange, New Jersey|
|21||Win||21–0||Craig Payne||UD||8||January 13, 1995||Bally's Atlantic City, West Orange|
|20||Win||20–0||Mike Faulkner||KO||2 (0)||October 21, 1994||Palm Springs, California|
|19||Win||19–0||Mark Young||TKO||8 (8), 2:06||August 26, 1994||Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, New Jersey, United States|
|18||Win||18–0||Exum Speight||TKO||1 (0)||August 4, 1994||Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States|
|17||Win||17–0||Jimmy Ellis||TKO||1 (8), 0:35||March 12, 1994||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|16||Win||16–0||Mike Faulkner||KO||6 (6), 1:46||February 20, 1994||Biloxi Belle Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States|
|15||Win||15–0||Danny Wofford||UD||6||December 9, 1993||Paramount Theatre, New York, New York, United States|
|14||Win||14–0||Tim Noble||TKO||3 (6), 1:04||November 10, 1993||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|13||Win||13–0||Danny Blake||PTS||6||July 10, 1993||Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States|
|12||Win||12–0||Bruce Johnson||TKO||1 (6), 1:36||May 22, 1993||RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., United States|
|11||Win||11–0||Ron Gullette||TKO||1 (6), 1:52||March 25, 1993||Harrah's Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|10||Win||10–0||Robert Pagan Perez||KO||1 (0)||December 9, 1992||Newark, New Jersey|
|9||Win||9–0||Rocky Bentley||PTS||4||December 4, 1992||Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania|
|8||Win||8–0||Rick Honeycutt||TKO||1 (0)||November 21, 1992||Miami, Florida, United States|
|7||Win||7–0||Tony Simpson||TKO||1 (0)||November 13, 1992||Revere, Massachusetts, United States|
|6||Win||6–0||Donnie Penelton||KO||1 (0)||October 29, 1992||Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States|
|5||Win||5–0||Juan Quintana||TKO||3 (0), 1:13||October 9, 1992||Tiverton, Rhode Island, United States|
|4||Win||4–0||Greg Santos||KO||1 (0)||September 19, 1992||Troy, New York, United States|
|3||Win||3–0||Ed Carlson||KO||1 (4)||August 28, 1992||Lexington, Kentucky, United States|
|2||Win||2–0||Cedric Sims||KO||1 (4)||August 6, 1992||Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States|
|1||Win||1–0||John Basil Jackson||KO||1 (4), 1:28||July 24, 1992||Catskill, New York, United States||Professional debut|
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
- Shannon Briggs fansite
- K-1 Sport profile
- "Shannon Briggs vs. Darroll Wilson - BoxRec". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
- Briggs's Career Hits a Detour, N.Y. Times article, 1996-03-17, Retrieved on October 22, 2013
- Foreman Blocks the Way as Briggs Moves Up, N.Y. Times article, 1997-11-19, Retrieved on October 22, 2013
- "Shannon Briggs vs. George Foreman - BoxRec". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2016-05-22.
- Briggs Wins, Crowd Boos and Foreman Says He Likely Won't Fight Again, N.Y. Times article, 1997-11-23, Retrieved on October 22, 2013
- Foreman Decision Is Protested, N.Y. Times article, 1997-12–03, Retrieved on June 10, 2013
- Lewis Agrees To Fight Briggs, N.Y. Times article, 1998-01–07, Retrieved on June 10, 2013
- Lewis Gets No Glory Points In Knocking Out Briggs, N.Y. Times article, 1998-03–29, Retrieved on June 10, 2013
- "Serguei Lyakhovich vs. Shannon Briggs - BoxRec". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
- "Shannon Briggs vs. Sultan Ibragimov - BoxRec". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
- "Shannon Briggs vs. Marcus McGee - BoxRec". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
- "Vitali Klitschko vs. Shannon Briggs - BoxRec". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
- Karpeles R. (October 17, 2010). "Shannon Briggs in Hospital after Vitali Klitschko Fight". Retrieved October 17, 2010.
- "Shannon Briggs vs. Raphael Zumbano Love - BoxRec". boxrec.com. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
- "Briggs calls out Haye". www.skysports.com. 30 March 2016.
- "BoxRec - event". boxrec.com. Retrieved May 18, 2016.
- "BoxRec - event". boxrec.com. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
- "Shannon Briggs destroys Emilio Ezequiel Zarate". Boxing News 24. May 21, 2016. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
- SHANNON 'THE CANNON' BRIGGS K.O.'d In $420K Legal Bout
|Awards and achievements|
|WBO Heavyweight Champion
November 4, 2006 – June 2, 2007
|United States Amateur Heavyweight Champion
November 22, 1997 – March 28, 1998