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
Klitschko punishes outgunned Briggs
By Dan Rafael, ESPN.com, October 18, 2010
Briggs, the former two-time titleholder, had done nothing in years to warrant this title shot, but because the heavyweight division is so weak on credible contenders, and because Briggs has a name, he got the fight. He might regret it after the absolutely massive beating he took. Klitschko, with the highest knockout percentage in heavyweight championship history, laid gargantuan punishment on Briggs for the entire fight, but Briggs never went down. He showed a big heart and absolutely nothing else. Klitschko pummeled him repeatedly with flush right hands, many of them the chopping variety to the side of the head and behind the ear. Punch after punch, Briggs, 38, of New York, just sopped it all up in a frightening display. Klitschko, 39, fought a flawless fight and seemed on the verge of a knockout several times, including in the seventh round when he buckled Briggs with a right hand near the end of the round. But the bell saved him and referee Ian John Lewis showed no interest in stopping it.
The pounding got worse in the eighth when the fight seemed to move from sporting event to simple and unnecessary public violence. Klitschko kept pounding away trying to get Briggs to go down, but he wouldn't, and Briggs' trainers (Herman Caicedo and Eddie Mustafa Muhammad) and Lewis showed a lot of bravery by letting the beating continue. In the end, Briggs made it to the final bell, but at what cost? He wound up in the hospital with a broken left orbital bone, a broken nose and a badly torn left biceps (for which he will need surgery). And who knows what other damage was done that won't present itself until later in Briggs' life? If Briggs was written off before the fight by most, he's now finished. He barely threw punches and took an inordinate amount of punishment.
Klitschko just rolled in making his fifth title defense since reclaiming his old belt with a stoppage of Samuel Peter in October 2008, when Klitschko came out of a nearly four-year retirement prompted by various injuries. Klitschko has barely lost a round since launching his comeback, although he probably has sore hands today after Briggs' face hit them so often. There has been talk of Klitschko coming back to the United States in 2011 for a fight with top contender (and former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champ) Tomasz Adamek, but Klitschko also has a mandatory defense due against the winner of the Odlanier Solis-Ray Austin eliminator, which is tentatively scheduled for Dec. 17. The way Klitschko is fighting these days, he could probably fight Adamek, Solis and Austin all in the same night and have no problem. His only competition would be a fight with Wladimir Klitschko, his fellow heavyweight champion and younger brother, but they have said repeatedly that they will never fight.
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