Shannon Briggs

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Shannon Briggs
Shannon Briggs (2016).JPG
Briggs in 2016
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, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 68
Wins 60
Wins by KO 53
Losses 6
Draws 1
No contests 1

Shannon Briggs (born December 4, 1971) is an American professional boxer. A twenty-year veteran of the sport, he won the lineal heavyweight title in 1997, and the WBO heavyweight title in 2006.

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] In 1992 he became the United States Amateur Champion.[citation needed]

Professional career[edit]

Briggs began his career in 1992 and was undefeated in his first 25 fights, and was trained by Teddy Atlas.[citation needed] 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.[2]

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 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.[3] 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."[4]

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[edit]

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[5]

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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[6]

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".[7][8]

The fight[edit]

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.[9]

Career from 1998–2006[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Career from 2006–2010[edit]

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 (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.[10]

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 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.[11]

Misc. fights[edit]

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."[12] 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[edit]

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).[13] 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.[14] In addition, he had another facial fracture above the right eye and a burst ear drum.

2014 comeback[edit]

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.[15]


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.[16]

Briggs vs. Zarate[edit]

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) [17] and then to Emilio Ezequiel Zarate (20-16-3, 11 KOs).[18] 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.[19]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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).[citation needed]

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.[20]

Championships and awards[edit]


Professional boxing record[edit]

60 Wins (53 knockouts), 6 Losses, 1 Draw, 1 No Contest[21]
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
69 N/A N/A United Kingdom David Haye N/A – (10) October 22, 2016 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London
68 Win 60-6-1
1 NC
Argentina Emilio Zarate KO 1 (10) 2:20 May 21, 2016 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London
67 Win 59-6-1
1 NC
United States Michael Marrone KO 2 (10), 2:52 September 5, 2015 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Florida
66 Win 58-6-1
1 NC
Hungary Zoltan Petranyi KO 1 (10), 1:52 March 27, 2015 Panama Hotel Sortis, Panama City, Panama
65 Win 57-6-1
1 NC
United States Richard Carmack KO 1 (10), 2:59 November 1, 2014 United States Isle of Capri Casino, Lula, Mississippi
64 Win 56-6-1
1 NC
United States Cory Phelps TKO 1 (10), 1:18 August 23, 2014 United States Ring of Dreams Boxing Gym, Winston-Salem, North Carolina Retained NABA heavyweight title;
Won interim WBC Latino heavyweight title.
63 Win 55-6-1
1 NC
Brazil Raphael Zumbano Love UD 12 June 28, 2014 United States Remington Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Won vacant NABA heavyweight title
62 Win 54-6-1
1 NC
United States Matthew Greer TKO 1 (10), 0:27 May 17, 2014 United States Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, West Virginia
61 Win 53-6-1
1 NC
Mexico Francisco Mireles KO 1 (10), 0:27 April 19, 2014 United States Black Bear Casino, Carlton, Minnesota
60 Win 52-6-1
1 NC
United States Maurenzo Smith KO 1 (10), 2:59 April 11, 2014 United States Double Tree Westshore Hotel, Tampa, Florida
59 Loss 51-6-1
1 NC
Ukraine Vitali Klitschko UD 12 October 16, 2010 Germany O2 World Hamburg, Altona, Hamburg For WBC heavyweight title
58 Win 51-5-1
1 NC
United States Rob Calloway TKO 1 (10), 1:38 May 28, 2010 United States Norfolk Scope, Norfolk, Virginia
57 Win 50-5-1
1 NC
United States Dominique Alexander TKO 1 (10), 0:20 May 21, 2010 United States Capitale, New York
56 Win 49-5-1
1 NC
Cuba Rafael Pedro KO 1 (10), 0:28 April 13, 2010 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Florida Won vacant WBC Latino heavyweight title
55 NC 48-5-1
1 NC
United States Marcus McGee NC 1 (8), 2:01 December 3, 2009 United States Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom, New York
54 Loss 48-5-1 Russia Sultan Ibragimov UD 12 June 2, 2007 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City Lost WBO heavyweight title
53 Win 48-4-1 Belarus Siarhei Liakhovich TKO 12 (12), 2:59 November 4, 2006 United States Chase Field, Phoenix Won WBO heavyweight title
52 Win 47-4-1 United States Chris Koval RTD 3 (12), 3:00 May 24, 2006 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York Retained NABO & NABA heavyweight titles;
Won vacant USBA heavyweight title.
51 Win 46-4-1 United States Dicky Ryan KO 4 (12), 2:37 March 18, 2006 United States Fort Smith, Arkansas Won vacant NABA & NABO heavyweight titles;
NABF Heavyweight title eliminator
50 Win 45-4-1 Brazil Luciano Zolyone KO 1 (12), 0:11 December 10, 2005 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico Won vacant WBC FECARBOX heavyweight title.
49 Win 44-4-1 United States Brian Scott KO 1 (10), 1:10 November 26, 2005 United States Fort Smith, Arkansas
48 Win 43-4-1 United States Ray Mercer KO 7 (10), 0:41 August 26, 2005 United States Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Florida
47 Win 42-4-1 Ghana Abraham Okine TKO 3 (10), 0:54 June 10, 2005 United States Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York
46 Win 41-4-1 United States Demetrice King TKO 2 (6), 1:49 March 3, 2005 United States Madison Square Garden, New York
45 Win 40-4-1 United States Jeff Pegues TKO 1 (10), 0:35 March 6, 2004 United States Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York
44 Win 39-4-1 United States Wade Lewis TKO 3 (8) August 28, 2003 United States The Plex, North Charleston, South Carolina
43 Win 38-4-1 United States John Sargent TKO 1 (12), 0:17 July 19, 2003 United States War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale Won vacant IBU heavyweight title.
42 Win 37-4-1 United States Marvin Hill TKO 1 (10), 0:33 March 27, 2003 United States War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale
41 Loss 36-4-1 United States Jameel McCline UD 10 April 27, 2002 United States Madison Square Garden, New York
40 Win 36-3-1 The Bahamas Reynaldo Minus KO 1 (8), 2:21 December 1, 2001 United States Jacob Javits Center, New York
39 Win 35-3-1 United States Jason Waller TKO 1 (10), 0:37 October 19, 2001 United States The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
38 Win 34-3-1 United States Russell Chasteen KO 1 (10), 2:55 April 7, 2001 United States Coeur D'Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho
37 Win 33-3-1 United States Eric Curry KO 1 (10), 2:34 November 2, 2000 United States Coeur D'Alene Casino, Worley, Idaho
36 Loss 32-3-1 United States Sedreck Fields MD 8 April 27, 2000 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City
35 Win 32-2-1 United States Warren Williams TKO 3 (10), 2:22 February 24, 2000 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City
34 Draw 31-2-1 South Africa Francois Botha MD 10 August 7, 1999 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City
33 Win 31–2 United States Marcus Rhode TKO 1 (10), 2:55 December 8, 1998 United States Roseland Ballroom, New York City
32 Loss 30–2 United Kingdom Lennox Lewis TKO 5 (12), 1:45 March 28, 1998 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City For WBC heavyweight title;
Lost Lineal Heavyweight title.
31 Win 30–1 United States George Foreman MD 12 November 22, 1997 United States Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City Won Lineal Heavyweight title
30 Win 29–1 Spain Jorge Valdes RTD 9 (10), 3:00 June 24, 1997 United States Baton Rouge, Louisiana
29 Win 28–1 United States Melton Bowen TKO 1 (10), 0:26 April 15, 1997 United States West Orange, New Jersey
28 Win 27–1 United States Eric French TKO 2 (8), 2:23 February 21, 1997 United States Mahi Temple Shrine Auditorium, Miami
27 Win 26–1 United States Tim Ray KO 1 (10) September 25, 1996 United States Robert Treat Hotel, Newark
26 Loss 25–1 United States Darroll Wilson TKO 3 (10), 2:17 March 15, 1996 United States Atlantic City Convention Center
25 Win 25–0 United States Calvin Jones TKO 1 (10), 0:54 December 15, 1995 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City
24 Win 24–0 United States Sherman Griffin TKO 1 (10), 1:17 September 22, 1995 United States Lewiston, Maine
23 Win 23–0 United States Will Hinton TKO 1 (8), 1:50 August 25, 1995 United States Bally's Atlantic City, Atlantic City
22 Win 22–0 United States Marion Wilson PTS 8 March 24, 1995 United States Richard J. Codey Arena, West Orange, New Jersey
21 Win 21–0 United States Craig Payne UD 8 January 13, 1995 United States Bally's Atlantic City, West Orange
20 Win 20–0 United States Mike Faulkner KO 2 (0) October 21, 1994 United States Palm Springs, California
19 Win 19–0 United States Mark Young TKO 8 (8), 2:06 August 26, 1994 United States Bally's Park Place Hotel Casino, New Jersey, United States
18 Win 18–0 United States Exum Speight TKO 1 (0) August 4, 1994 United States Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
17 Win 17–0 United States Jimmy Ellis TKO 1 (8), 0:35 March 12, 1994 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
16 Win 16–0 United States Mike Faulkner KO 6 (6), 1:46 February 20, 1994 United States Biloxi Belle Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
15 Win 15–0 United States Danny Wofford UD 6 December 9, 1993 United States Paramount Theatre, New York, New York, United States
14 Win 14–0 United States Tim Noble TKO 3 (6), 1:04 November 10, 1993 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
13 Win 13–0 United States Danny Blake PTS 6 July 10, 1993 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, United States
12 Win 12–0 United States Bruce Johnson TKO 1 (6), 1:36 May 22, 1993 United States RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., United States
11 Win 11–0 United States Ron Gullette TKO 1 (6), 1:52 March 25, 1993 United States Harrah's Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
10 Win 10–0 United States Robert Pagan Perez KO 1 (0) December 9, 1992 United States Newark, New Jersey
9 Win 9–0 United States Rocky Bentley PTS 4 December 4, 1992 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania
8 Win 8–0 United States Rick Honeycutt TKO 1 (0) November 21, 1992 United States Miami, Florida, United States
7 Win 7–0 United StatesTony Simpson TKO 1 (0) November 13, 1992 United States Revere, Massachusetts, United States
6 Win 6–0 United States Donnie Penelton KO 1 (0) October 29, 1992 United States Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
5 Win 5–0 United States Juan Quintana TKO 3 (0), 1:13 October 9, 1992 United States Tiverton, Rhode Island, United States
4 Win 4–0 United StatesGreg Santos KO 1 (0) September 19, 1992 United States Troy, New York, United States
3 Win 3–0 United StatesEd Carlson KO 1 (4) August 28, 1992 United States Lexington, Kentucky, United States
2 Win 2–0 United States Cedric Sims KO 1 (4) August 6, 1992 United States Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
1 Win 1–0 United States John Basil Jackson KO 1 (4), 1:28 July 24, 1992 United States Catskill, New York, United States Professional debut

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. ^ "Shannon Briggs vs. Darroll Wilson - BoxRec". Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  3. ^ Briggs's Career Hits a Detour, N.Y. Times article, 1996-03-17, Retrieved on October 22, 2013
  4. ^ Foreman Blocks the Way as Briggs Moves Up, N.Y. Times article, 1997-11-19, Retrieved on October 22, 2013
  5. ^ "Shannon Briggs vs. George Foreman - BoxRec". Retrieved 2016-05-22. 
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ Foreman Decision Is Protested, N.Y. Times article, 1997-12–03, Retrieved on June 10, 2013
  8. ^ Lewis Agrees To Fight Briggs, N.Y. Times article, 1998-01–07, Retrieved on June 10, 2013
  9. ^ Lewis Gets No Glory Points In Knocking Out Briggs, N.Y. Times article, 1998-03–29, Retrieved on June 10, 2013
  10. ^ "Serguei Lyakhovich vs. Shannon Briggs - BoxRec". Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  11. ^ "Shannon Briggs vs. Sultan Ibragimov - BoxRec". Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  12. ^ "Shannon Briggs vs. Marcus McGee - BoxRec". Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  13. ^ "Vitali Klitschko vs. Shannon Briggs - BoxRec". Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  14. ^ Karpeles R. (October 17, 2010). "Shannon Briggs in Hospital after Vitali Klitschko Fight". Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Shannon Briggs vs. Raphael Zumbano Love - BoxRec". Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  16. ^ "Briggs calls out Haye". 30 March 2016. 
  17. ^ "BoxRec - event". Retrieved May 18, 2016. 
  18. ^ "BoxRec - event". Retrieved May 20, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Shannon Briggs destroys Emilio Ezequiel Zarate". Boxing News 24. May 21, 2016. Retrieved May 21, 2016. 
  20. ^ SHANNON 'THE CANNON' BRIGGS K.O.'d In $420K Legal Bout
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sergei Liakhovich
WBO Heavyweight Champion
November 4, 2006 – June 2, 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