41 Facts About Shannon Briggs

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Shannon Briggs was born on December 4,1971 and is an American former professional boxer.

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Shannon Briggs is a two-time heavyweight champion, having held the lineal heavyweight championship from 1997 to 1998, and the WBO title from 2006 to 2007.

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Undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis stated in 2015 that Shannon Briggs had the fastest hands and best punching power of any opponent he ever faced.

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Shannon Briggs holds notable wins over heavyweight champions George Foreman, Ray Mercer and Siarhei Liakhovich.

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Shannon Briggs was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn.

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In 1983, when Shannon Briggs was 12, he saw Mike Tyson in Bristol Park, Brooklyn, New York.

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Shannon Briggs' mother died in Brownsville due to a heroin overdose on December 4,1996, Shannon Briggs' 25th birthday.

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8.

Shannon Briggs aimed to get a shot at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, but quit from the national olympic trials over a hand injury.

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Shannon Briggs began his career in 1992 and was undefeated in his first 25 fights, and was trained by Teddy Atlas.

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Shannon Briggs suffered his first loss when he was knocked out in three rounds by undefeated Darroll Wilson in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1996.

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11.

Shannon Briggs lay flat on his back for five seconds but got back up at the count of eight and continued with the fight.

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12.

Shannon Briggs scored 17 wins, all by knockout, 2 losses, 1 by majority and 1 by unanimous decision and a majority draw versus Frans Botha in 1998.

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13.

Shannon Briggs won the WBO heavyweight title when he knocked out Sergei Liakhovich in the last round of a November 4,2006, matchup.

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14.

Shannon Briggs pressed the fight in the 12th round and knocked Liakhovich down.

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15.

Shannon Briggs subsequently trapped him on the ropes and continued his assault, knocking Liakhovich out of the ring.

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16.

Shannon Briggs entered having won 12 consecutive fights prior to this and announced his retirement immediately following the bout.

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17.

Shannon Briggs returned in 2009 and scored his twenty-ninth first-round knockout against Marcus McGee.

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18.

Shannon Briggs fought three times in 2010 before fighting Vitali Klitschko.

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19.

Shannon Briggs knocked out Rafael Pedro, Dominique Alexander and Rob Calloway all inside the first round of their respective fights.

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20.

On October 16,2010, Shannon Briggs fought for the WBC heavyweight title against Vitali Klitschko in the O2 World at Hamburg, the fight billed as 'Thunderstorm'.

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21.

Shannon Briggs won all eight, seven by knockout, earning the NABA Heavyweight title in the process.

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22.

Shannon Briggs fought in Panama against Zoltan Petranyi, knocking him out in round 1.

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23.

Shannon Briggs gained some notoriety over a video he released of himself harassing Klitschko at sea, as the latter was paddleboarding.

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24.

In March 2016, Shannon Briggs confronted David Haye at his press conference for the announcement of his fight against little-known Arnold Gjergjaj at the O2 Arena on May 21,2016.

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25.

On May 3,2016, it was announced that Shannon Briggs would fight 6'7-inch former European heavyweight champion, Alexander Dimitrenko.

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26.

Shannon Briggs's opponent was changed a few days before the fight to Jakov Gospic and then to Emilio Ezequiel Zarate.

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27.

Shannon Briggs stopped Zarate in the first round of a scheduled 10 round bout with devastating body shots.

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28.

Shannon Briggs chased Haye down in Brooklyn when both were in attendance for the Frampton vs Santa Cruz fight.

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29.

On November 2,2016, the WBA ordered Shannon Briggs to fight Australian heavyweight Lucas Browne for the WBA regular title.

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30.

Shannon Briggs told Sky Sports he wanted the fight to take place in the UK, after his increasing fan base, mostly due to Shannon Briggs spending a lot of time there pursuing a fight with David Haye.

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31.

Shannon Briggs tested positive for 'dramatically increased levels of testosterone'.

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32.

On March 5,2019, Shannon Briggs announced he would be coming to the UK for a number of 'meet and greets'.

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33.

Shannon Briggs told Sky Sports that he would be applying for a British boxing license in order to fight in the UK.

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34.

On May 15,2020, Shannon Briggs told Dame Dash on Instagram Live that he and Mike Tyson will fight in an exhibition.

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35.

Shannon Briggs competed briefly for the K-1 kickboxing promotion in 2004.

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36.

Shannon Briggs made his television acting debut on New York Undercover in 1995 and has since appeared in feature films Bad Boys II, with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, Transporter 2, and The Wackness.

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37.

Shannon Briggs made an appearance on the Fugees' breakthrough album, The Score.

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38.

Shannon Briggs appears in the music video for rapper Thirstin Howl III's song "Surrounded By Criminals".

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39.

Shannon Briggs was summoned to US Federal Court District South Carolina on June 7,2012, according to court documents Kali Bowyer, Briggs' ex-publicist, was awarded over $420,000.

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40.

On March 20,2019, Shannon Briggs and Applied BioSciences had agreed a partnership deal.

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41.

Shannon Briggs stated, “I have partnered with Applied BioSciences to develop and market Champ Organics because their products are made with the highest quality ingredients and all-natural CBD.

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