Briggs Vows Punishment On Liakhovich, Mayweather Promises To Whip Baldomir

By Francis Walker
Updated: November 2, 2006

Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather

NEW YORK — Shannon Briggs (47-4, 41 KOs) promises to become to make history following his challenge of WBO heavyweight champion Sergei Liakhovich (23-1, 14 KOs) on Nov. 4, at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.

Floyd Mayweather (36-0, 24 KOs), meanwhile, will defend the WBC welterweight championship against Carlos Baldomir (43-9-6, 13 KOs) at the Mnadalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

Should Mayweather beat Baldomir, a mega-fight against WBC junior middleweight champion Oscar De La Hoya looms in May 2007.

Briggs and Mayweather are two of the most exciting boxers in the world today. Briggs seeks his twelfth straight knockout victory.

Mayweather, the best fighter in boxing today, remains undefeated after 11 years and three world championships in as many weight classes. Mayweather will be fighting Baldomir, who in his last two fights defeated Zab Judah and Arturo Gatti.

Briggs-Liakhovich will be broadcast live on Showtime beginning at 9 PM/EST. That fight will go head-to-head with HBO Pay Per view’s 9 PM/EST telecast of Mayweather-Baldomir. The suggest retail price for that fight is $49.99.

“He’s going to get a brutal beating, absolutely,” Mayweather said during a recent press conference. “That’s what the fans want and I want to give it to the fans.”

Mayweather also promised that Baldomir will be on the back cover of sports pages the next morning after getting knocked out.

Baldomir was knocked out once in his career in only his seventh pro-fight more than 12 years ago. Baldomir has not lost since December 1998. Mayweather is flashy.

He has lots of speed and power in his punches. Mayweather’s combination punching will give Baldomir problems, but the challenger is relentless and has a granite chin.

Briggs and Liakhovich have both exchanged verbal barbs since the fight was announced. Briggs promises to KO the champion, but Liakhovich has said repeatedly that if his strategy is to come at me and throw a lot of punches, it’s going to be a short night for him.”

Briggs has been coming after all of his opponents lately having knocked out his last eleven opponents. Briggs has not lost a professional fight in more than four and a half years.

Briggs was in negotiations for months to fight IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko on Nov. 11 at Madison Square Garden.

But once Oleg Maskaev knocked out Hasim Rahman for the WBC heavyweight title in August, Klitschko’s advisors dropped Briggs and opt for undefeated Calvin Brock instead.

Klitschko is also eying a unification fight against Maskaev in 2007.

Liakhovich, one of four world heavyweight champions from the former Soviet Union, will be making the first defense of his title when he meets Briggs.

Liakhovich survived a seventh-round knockdown to defeat Lamon Brewster, via 12-round unanimous decision.