Vitali Klitschko vs. Shannon Briggs
2010-10-16 : Vitali Klitschko 251¼ lbs beat Shannon Briggs 262¼ lbs by UD in round 12 of 12
- Location: O2 World Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany
- Referee: Ian John-Lewis
- Judge: Victor Manuel Cervantes 120-107
- Judge: Anek Hongtongkam 120-105
- Judge: Guido Cavalleri 120-107
In an internationally televised bout from O2 Arena in Hamburg, Germany, Dr. Vitali "Iron Fist" Klitschko retained the WBC heavyweight title with a 12 round unanimous decision over Shannon 'The Cannon' Briggs, a former WBO and linear heavyweight champion. Briggs, with 30 first round knockouts among his 45 knockouts, tried to get inside on Klitschko in center ring. Briggs tried to counter punch Klitschko in center ring. Other than a few missing swings and grazing blows, Briggs landed very little on conseqence. Klitschko, on the other hand, throwing purely from the arms and shoulders, landed a significant number of straight power rights and left-right combinations to the head, and short punches on the inside to win every round on points. Rounds 8, 9, 10 and 11 looked closer to 10-8 rounds, with Briggs being staggered backwards to the ropes on several occasions in the later part of the rounds but not falling. Both fighters appeared in top condition. No fouling, a clean bout.
After the bout, Briggs was hospitalized for facial surgery in Hamburg, Germany, with fractures under both eyes, a concussion, a broken left orbital bone in his face, and a broken nose. Briggs also incurred a torn left bicep in the first round. Briggs was hit 302 times in the head and body by Klitschko, 171 of them being clean shots. Briggs impressive record of 45 knockouts (30 in first round) and the fact that he was the last American to hold the heavyweight title, appeared to figure into the decision to let the fight go the distance. The decision by the referee and Briggs' corner to let the fight go the distance was highly criticized by the sporting media, as Briggs had taken a horrific, life-endangering beating.
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