Out of the ring for two years, former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (48-5-1, 42 KOs) will return on Neworld Promotions’ “Phoenix Rising”, event on October 17 at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, against an opponent that is TBA. The main event that night will feature former cruiserweight champion and 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist Vasiliy “The Tiger” Jirov (37-3-1, 31 KOs) making his return against Dominique Alexander (18-7-1, 9 KOs). Briggs, who is now managed by Ivaylo Gotzev, stated “I needed the time to recharge. When I lost the title in 07, I had walking pneumonia. I wasn’t prepared. It wasn’t a smart move for me to defend the title in that condition. If you look at the heavyweight champions of the last few years, other champions have been allowed postponement after postponement. I was forced to fight with pneumonia. This time off was to recharge and heal from the pneumonia. I’m ready to rock and roll now.”
The Phoenix Rising event is loaded with significant fights. In another supporting bout, Phoenix native and star of The Contender series, Eric “Dynamite” Vega (8-4-1, 6 KOs) will face heavy-fisted former world champion Kelvin “Konkrete” Davis (24-10-3, 17 KOs) in an all-action cruiserweight showdown.
Also on the undercard, Arizona will get its first look at former amateur world champion and now undefeated light heavyweight Ismayl Silakh of the Ukraine (9-0, 8 KOs).
Also scheduled is an intriguing showdown between Phoenix super lightweight Eddie Brooks (8-2, 3 KOs) and Sweden’s undefeated Shadi Hamsho (10-0, 2 KOs).
Tickets for “Phoenix Rising” are available at the Celebrity Theatre box office, online or by calling 602.267.1600. They are priced at $25 and $50 with a limited number of Gold Circle VIP seats available for $100.