A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
Refreshed & Reloaded
NEW YORK (BASN) — Shannon Briggs has launched another comeback.
Briggs, the last American to win a heavyweight title, earned his 50 victory in a professional fight at The Capitale located at 130 Bowery St. in New York City. Briggs (50-5-1, 44 KOs) took only 20 seconds of the first round to knockout Dominique Alexander (19-9-1, 9 KOs) of Topeka, Kansas.
The win also marked Briggs’ 29th career first-round KO.
The timing of Briggs’ comeback couldn’t have been better, as there are no American heavyweights on the horizon that could possibly topple the Klitschko Brothers.
In addition, David Haye of Britain has moved to heavyweight to trash Monte Barrett, embarrassed John Ruiz into retirement, and defeated 7-foot-3, 300-pound giant Nikolai Valuev to capture the WBA crown.
Briggs is much bigger than Haye and can match size with either Klitschko.
“I’d love to fight David Haye or the Klitschkos,” said Briggs, whose name is still significant because he was the last American to win a world heavyweight title.
In recent years, American heavyweights such as: Eddie Chambers, Calvin Brock, Tony Thompson, Kevin Johnson, Chris Arreola, Hasim Rahman, and Chris Byrd have all lost to either Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko. The difference between Briggs and the fighters on this list is that Briggs can punch.
At age 38, the Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY native can still shape himself up and can be very dangerous for anyone inside a boxing ring. The power in Briggs’ fists is still there. It hasn’t left.
“I feel good, I feel great,” Briggs said afterward. “I’m staying in the gym, staying healthy, and eating right. I’m eating better, clean. I’m running distances. I’m doing a lot of different things.”
Briggs wasn’t lying when he said he was training hard. At 6-feet-4, the heavyweight looked ripped and in great shape at 258 pounds. It was Briggs’ lowest weight in nearly five years when he KO’d Brian Scott at 253 pounds in the first round.
Briggs won the WBO heavyweight title by knocking out Sergui Liakhovich in the final seconds of the twelfth round.
The victory marked an impressive 12-fight knockout streak.
Briggs would lose the title in his first defense against Sultan Ibragimov of Russia, who in turn dropped it in a unification bout against Wladimir Klitschko in February 2008.
Briggs, fighting under the new Empire label, has fought three times since losing the heavyweight title. His first-round knockout of Marcus McGee was changed to a no-contest after testing positive for a banned substance. Remember, Briggs is asthmatic and has used a number of prescription medications.
Within a six-week difference, Briggs has scored two consecutive KOs in the first round.
Briggs plans on fighting again next week in Virginia against Rob Calloway (70-11-2, 57 KOs) before fighting again sometime in June or July.