The Boxing World vs Shannon Briggs
10.11.05 - Court is now in session. Shannon Briggs says he's going to reclaim the linear champinionship and become the dominant heavyweight of this generation.The case against Briggs: Shannon Briggs is too old..
Article posted on 10.11.2005
ďShannon is only 33 years old. And you have to remember, heavyweights mature later. He was only 25 when he won the linear championship. Heís just reaching his physical prime nowÖPeople may think of Shannon as having belonged to a past generation of heavyweights because heís been in the game since he was so young, but put it this way: Audley Harrison is older than Shannon. Brian Minto and Vinny Maddalone are only a few years younger and theyíre all considered Ďon the way up.íĒ Manager Scott Hirsch
ďIím healthy; I feel good and Iím fortunate that Iíve never taken a beating. I havenít had any wars besides the (Francois) Botha fight (D 10). Iím still young and I feel Iím the best heavyweight in the world because I can box if I have to, and with 38 knockouts, I can also punch. Iím the only guy that can do it all.Ē
SHANNON BRIGGS HAS NO STAMINA.
ďI have more power in the later rounds (now). People used to say I have no endurance; that I was only strong for three or four rounds. But IĎve really matured physically and learned how to train so well that my endurance is better than ever. Iíve learned how to fight into the later rounds because Iím in such great shape that itís unreal. I used to be afraid a fight would go into the later rounds, now I welcome it.
I have really changed the way I work out. Whatís come with maturity is that Iíve learned how to train. I have learned what works for me. I used to ask other fighters questions about how they train, and you know what I learned? I learned itís different for everybody. Youíll have guys say they run 10 miles a day, and then someone else will tell you never run more than three. Itís whatever floats your boat. Iíve learned what works for Shannon Briggs.Ē
SHANNON BRIGGS DOESNíT TAKE BOXING SERSIOUSLY.
ďItís just a maturity. I felt like it was time to rededicate myself. Iím a big fan of classic boxing and when people think of me 100 years from now, I hope they say I really changed my career around to reach greatnessÖAs long as Iím not getting hurt and Iím having fun, Iíd like to stay in boxing for a long time. I love boxing now.Ē
Briggsí showdown against durable veteran Brian Scott, at the Fort Smith Convention Center in Fort Smith, Arkansas on November 26 will be his fourth fight this year. Briggs and Hirsch say theyíre hoping to squeeze in one or two more by the end of the year. Since 2002, Briggs is 7-0 with all seven victories by knockout!
SHANNON BRIGGS HAS NO CONFIDENCE.
ďI love boxing now. Iím enjoying it and I feel more confident. I was going into fights and not feeling confident and praying I perform well. Now, that that has been taken away from me, itís like a dream come true for me to go up the stairs and be so happy. I canít wait because I did what I have to do to prepare. I never went into a fight prior to last year as confident as I am now.
I was born with asthma and a stamina situation. It was more like a phobia. I can admit that now. Now I welcome round ten. My fights wonít go that long because I am so strong, but I can go the rounds if I have to. Itís amazing for me. Iím enjoying it and I feel more confidentÖIím definitely a much better fighter today than at I was at 25. Iím physically and mentally happy. Iíve never had a manger I was friends with. I was always a piece of meat. This is a situation where Iím enjoying what Iím doing. Weíre having fun and doing business at the same time. We met up with each other for a reason. Heís a breath of fresh air and being with Scott has helped me because heís not somebody just looking to make quick money off a fighter.Ē
SHANNON BRIGGS WON'T FIGHT ANYBODY TOUGH
"I went the distance and beat George Foreman. I knocked out Ray Mercer, who everyone said had an iron chin. I fought Lennox Lewis and Jameel McCline. I'll fight Klitschko, Sam Peter, David Tua, Calvin Brock, James Toney bring em on"
THE BOXING WORLD DOESNíT NEED SHANNON BRIGGS.
I canít even go to Blockbuster Video without someone saying Ďarenít you Shannon Briggs?í The world is looking for someone to take the bull by the horns in boxing. Lennox Lewis was a very good fighter but he wasnít marketable or charismatic. He was no Mike Tyson or Sugar Ray Leonard. He didnít have that. He was a very good fighter and the best of his era, but he lacked charisma and you need it to sell the sport to peopleÖAs champion, I would do more things to get out and touch people and be more visible. Iíd tour the universe with the belts.Ē
Shannon Briggs has modeled in the pages of major magazines like Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, GQ, Top Model, Details, Vibe and The Source. He has also enjoyed several supporting roles on both the large and small screens. He guest starred in an episode of "New York Undercover," and has appeared in the box office hit "Bad Boys II" - in which he plays a Haitian mob boss opposite Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as well as the recently released Transporter II. He will soon be appearing in Retirement with Rip Torn and Peter Faulk (Columbo).
Briggs also has solid experience in the realm of radio, rapping on the Fugees' multi-platinum album "The Score" and making several memorable appearances on the nationally syndicated "Howard Stern Radio Show." Briggs has also worked in sports broadcasting, providing commentary opposite Larry Michaels for the popular cable boxing and music series "Thunderbox," as well as the successful Ballroom Boxing.
WILL SHANNON BRIGGS REGAIN THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD, REACH HIS FULL POTENTIAL AND RESCUE THE HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION FROM THE DOLDRUMS?
LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE. BRIGGS WILL DELIVER THE VERDICT WITH HIS FISTS.
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