1998-03-28 Lennox Lewis w rsc 5 Shannon Briggs, Convention Centre, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBC
1998-03-28 Lennox Lewis w rsc 5 Shannon Briggs, Convention Centre, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA - WBC. Referee: Frank Cappuccino. Starting the better of the two, Briggs (228) had Lewis (243) badly hurt the opening round, a left hook and big right hands doing the damage, but with the ropes holding him up the champion was able to clear his head until the bell. Thereafter, the fight belonged to Lewis, who despite being hurt again in the third started to put his boxing together before having Briggs over from several rights to the head in the fourth. On getting up Briggs stormed back into the fray, and although being dropped again by a massive right to the head he almost had Lewis going with a left hook that had him hanging on. By the fifth, with Lewis back in charge, a thumping right cross had Briggs over again. Showing plenty of spirit Briggs got himself up, but after throwing himself to the floor following a wild swing the referee pulled him out of the contest on the 1.45 mark.