Comebacking Shannon Briggs Continues KO Streak By Brandon Estrict at ringside (May 25, 2010) Doghouse Boxing
Last Friday night from Capitale, New York, former two-time Heavyweight titlist Shannon ‘The Cannon’ Briggs continued on the latest leg of his comeback in front of a good hometown crowd at The Empire. It was quite an atmosphere, with many left standing, which only seemed to enhance their enthusiasm. I’m not a very old guy, but if I thought of how the old school club boxing scene might look, this is what I would’ve pictured. A raucous crowd, tight seating, many fighters in attendance casually interacting with friends and fans, dim-lighting which seemed just right, and a theater style balcony overhead from where the fighters entered the ring.
Briggs, 50-5-1 (44), knocked out a severely overmatched Dominique Alexander, Topeka, KS, with a left hook to the body just 20 seconds into the first round, and if you were in attendance, it seemed even quicker than that.
Alexander, 19-9-1 (9), is no stranger to playing an Everlast punching bag. He has most recently been used as cannon fodder (pun intended) for New Jersey heavyweight Vinny Maddalone, up and coming Cuban prospect Odlanier Solis, Kali Meehan, Fres Oquendo, and cruiserweight Krzysztof Wlodarczyk.
Briggs, a native of notorious Brownsville, Brooklyn, has scored three consecutive first-round KO’s since returning to boxing this past December, following a two year hiatus from the sport after a 2006 unanimous decision loss to Sultan Ibragimov. His ring walk, coming down from the balcony, was longer than his last three fights. He’s made quick work of Alexander, Rafael Pedro, and Marcus Mcgee. The fight with Mcgee was later changed to a no-contest after Briggs tested positive for a banned substance. That particular substance hasn’t been revealed, but manager Ivaylo Gotzev claims the negative test came about because of medication Briggs takes for asthma.
At the bouts conclusion, ‘The Cannon’ would address the crowd, thanking everyone for coming out and asking for continued support as he strives to, once again, become heavyweight champion.
“Y’all have been great, thank you for all the love Brooklyn, New Jersey, everybody! I want the Klitschko’s; I have the power to take my belts back.”
Briggs continues his comeback this coming Friday, May 28, against journey Rob Calloway in Norfolk, VA. Only time will tell whether or not he’ll be able to work himself back into title contention. As unlikely as it may seem, this is boxing and stranger things have happened. The heavyweight division has been a dictatorship run by a two-headed monster known as Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, who’ve reigned sovereign for the better part of the last decade. Aside from Londoner David Haye, who may or may not want a piece of either brother, the division is in pretty poor shape, especially in America. With the recent losses of Eddie Chambers to Wlad (KO by 12), and heavily hyped Cristobal Arreola to Vitali (TKO by 10) and more recently to former Cruiserweight champion, Tomasz Adamek, there doesn’t appear to be anyone else on the horizon.
For the 38 year-old Briggs, if there’s any chance of him getting another shot, his biggest hurdle will be the race against time.
Angel Concepcion, Newark, NJ, scored a UD4 over Charles Wade.
Bowie Tupou scored a TKO2 over Paterson, NJ heavyweight Alexis Mejias when the ringside physician intervened and wouldn’t allow Mejias to continue after an apparent hand injury. Mejias appeared to have wanted to continue and the stoppage was met with much confusion and disdain from the crowd.
Welterweight prospect Hastings Bwalya, 3-0 (2), Las Vegas by way of Africa, was impressive in outpointing a tough Ashantie Hendrickson over six mostly one-sided rounds. Bwalya showed great speed and athleticism, as well as a good offensive repertoire and some defensive prowess. He’s still a very raw talent, as indicated by some lapses in between, but he may be a fighter to look out for as he continues to develop.
Former Olympian Sadam Ali upped his record to 7-0 (3) with a four-round decision over Martinus Clay. Ali won every round with little difficulty, but failed to make any real statement other than he was technically superior to Clay, 13-26-4 (5), who has previously been stopped 10 times, by such fighters as Andre Berto, Ronald Cruz, Kassim Ouma, Mike Jones, and James Kirkland among others.
Local favorite, light heavyweight Irish Seanie Monaghan, NY, scored a TKO1 over Simeon Trigueno in his pro debut. Monaghan, dropped Trigueno twice in the first round. The first knockdown was from a body shot. Trigueno was able to beat the count and get on his bike for most of the remainder of the round, but was dropped hard with a huge right hand to close the first stanza. Though he was clearly hurt, he walked back to his corner in a straight line and appeared to be able to continue. The ringside physician had other thoughts, once again questionably stopping the fight in the corner to the wonder of everyone ringside. A stoppage win for Monaghan was imminent, but to stop the fight after two first round knockdowns when the fighter had been able to pick himself up and gather himself just seemed like the wrong thing to do.
Light welterweight Michael Faragon, 11-0 (5), stopped Francisco Palacios when the ringside physician, again, wouldn’t allow Palacios to continue after the fourth round. This time, however, the doc waited too long. Palacios appeared to have suffered a shoulder injury sometime in the third round. The start of round four was delayed about 20 seconds when the doctor exercised the injured left arm and contemplated stopping it then. He would allow Palacios to continue, amazingly, and he was unable to throw a left-handed punch or use his left arm in defense of Faragon’s onslaught. Faragon was somewhat impressive, but the fact that he was still getting hit in that round by a fighter who couldn’t move one of his arms has to cause some concern. Faragon didn’t seem to pick up on the fact that Palacios left arm was folded against the left side of his body for the entire three minutes. After the round was complete, the doctor immediately stopped the fight.