42-year-old former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (53-6, 47 KOs) needed just 27 seconds to dispose of Francisco Mireles (17-9, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. A slapping left hook to the stomach dropped the 286lb Mireles to a knee where he stayed until referee Mark Nelson stopped the bout. This was Briggs’ second win in eight days. “I’m going to Germany tomorrow to chase down Wladimir Klitschko,” he said after the fight.
The fight was delayed from actually starting for 35 minutes after Briggs entered the ring and then broke it! Briggs climbed through the ropes, danced to the opposite side of the ring, bounced off the ropes and snapped a support causing the ropes to sag. Both fighters left the ring so repair work could be done. They then each returned after repairs were made and the nights action continued. Briggs rushed out of his corner at the opening bell and playfully dropped his hands and tapped Mireles with mocking punches. One of the shots glanced off the side of Mireles, putting the Mexican heavyweight down where he decided to stay. Time of the stoppage was :27 into the first round.
In the main event of the evening, Duluth, Minnesota’s Al Sands (13-1, 12 KOs) dropped Keith Barr (12-6, 3 KOs) 6 times (5 with body shots) on his way to a 9th round knockout victory. Barr mostly shelled up which made it difficult for Sands to land clean in the early going. But Sands began to find a home for the left hook to Barr’s ribs as the fight went on. Sands put Barr down 3 times in the 8th with that punch and twice in the ninth before referee Mark Nelson stopped the fight following the final knockdown at 2:20 of the 9th round. Sands wins the vacant NABA cruiserweight title with the win.
Saint Paul, Minnesota’s Tony “2 Sharp” Lee (10-1-1, 3 KOs) outworked Robbie Cannon (14-9-2, 6 KOs) of Missouri by unanimous decision in an action packed slugfest. Scores read 80-72, 79-73, 78-74. Lee takes Cannon’s NABU lightweight title with the victory
Corey “Collateral Damage” Rodriguez (10-3-3, 3 KOs) won a majority decision over Limberth Ponce (6-2, 4 KOs) in a jr. middleweight bout. Scores were 58-56, 58-56, and 57-57. Rodriguez with the aggressor and landed the bigger punches in the bout while Ponce held the edge in punch output.
Rondale Hubbert (6-0-1, 3 KOs) stopped Jacob Fox (2-2, 1 KO) at 2:42 of the fourth round. Three consecutive right hands followed by a left to the head put Fox down and referee Gary Miezwa stopped the bout.
Markus Morris (4-0, 2 KOs) won by TKO over Ryan Gronvold (1-9) at 2:19 of the first round
Donny Tierney (6-5, 1 KO) won a unanimous decision over Dan Kiser (2-2) in the opening bout of the evening. Scores were 40-36 on all three judges cards.