Heavyweight Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) is scheduled to return to the ring tonight at the Doubletree Hotel in Tampa, Florida. This will be Briggs’ first fight since his facing Vitali Klitschko in October 2010. The last American to hold a portion of the heavyweight title, Briggs is facing Maurenzo Smith (12-8-3, 9 KOs) of Houston.
“I can’t wait to show my talents to the world again,” explained Shannon Briggs, who weighed in at 256 lbs. “I’m in the best shape of my life right now. I have the most first round knockouts in heavyweight boxing history (30 first round KOs) and I’m looking to add to my record and bring the belt back to the USA.”
Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs is 42 years old. Members of the boxing community have expressed concern regarding his return to boxing at his age. Briggs was all smiles when responding to his detractors. “Bernard Hopkins is 49 years old and arguably the best boxer pound for pound. My age is a tremendous asset; I have multiple lifetimes of experience being as though I’ve been boxing at the most elite level for many years. I’m truly a new athlete now. I’ve resolved all the issues that hindered my performance in the past,” said Briggs.
Recently, Briggs made headlines after an altercation with current Heavyweight Champion of the World, Wladimir Klitschko. The encounter stemmed from an incident that occurred months earlier. In an interview with FightNews.com Briggs explained that Klitschko snubbed him after a session at a South Florida training facility. Video of the encounter quickly reached over 500,000 views.
“I saw him [Klitschko] entering the gym as I was leaving,” explained Briggs, “I said hello to everyone on his team and when I went to approach him he just brushed me off and kept walking. I showed him respect by going out of my way to say hello and he does that? What if I was a fan? That’s just not right, especially when you’re the World Champion and you’re fighting bums all year. He picks his fights and they’re all cans. There’s no one in the Heavyweight division with credentials even remotely close to what I bring to the table. He won’t dodge me for too long, I’m coming for that belt.”
Also featured on the Alessi Promotions card is Jr. middleweight Manny Woods (11-3-1, 4 KOs). Tickets are $25-$75. Call 813-348-0128.