Vitali Klitschko vs. Shannon Briggs

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Jabs Klitschko Briggs
Landed 131 34
Thrown 407 179
Percent 32% 19%
Power Punches Klitschko Briggs
Landed 171 39
Thrown 320 137
Percent 53% 28%
Total Punches Klitschko Briggs
Landed 302 73
Thrown 727 316
Percent 42% 23%

2010-10-16 : Vitali Klitschko 251¼ lbs beat Shannon Briggs 262¼ lbs by UD in round 12 of 12

Vitali Klitschko vs. Shannon Briggs (poster).jpg


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 and failed in this bout in the same way Samuel Peter did previously, except Briggs proved more durable and capable of taking brutal punishment. Briggs, who hits with power, came without a game plan and suffered from a poor corner which shouted conflicting advice all night. Instead of fighting the first four rounds with Klitschko like Corrie Sanders did and try to get him out of there, Briggs tried to counter punch Klitschko in center ring. Other than a few missing swings and grazing blows, Briggs landed nothing. 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. Referee Ian John-Lewis did an outstanding job keeping the entire bout clean and preventing holding throughout. Referee Lewis perhaps could have stopped the bout in the later rounds, but Briggs appeared just able to stay competitive and weather any storms Klitschko threw, so Lewis gave him every chance to win. Both fighters appeared and exited in top condition. Klitschko, to his credit, had superior reach, height and hand speed and timing, and used this slight advantage at every opportunity to score points on Briggs, who could not reach Klitschko no matter how hard he tried, nor could Briggs hope to win a technical war with Klitschko in center ring, who fought the whole bout with one or both hands down, never tired, and appeared not to be bothered by his opponent. Briggs did not fight like-but did appear to be made like-a cannon-and much like the keen advice given by Hall of Fame trainer Amilcar Brusa to Carlos Monzon in his bouts against Bennie Briscoe, Klitschko never tried to punch himself out nor risk breaking his hands trying to overpower and take out an opponent that wouldn't go. As Dr. Klitschko explained in the post fight interview ""Briggs wouldn't go down, he was tough. What could I do?" Briggs was all praise for Klitschko as "The best opponent I've ever fought." Briggs stated his willingness to return to Germany in the future to fight Wladimir Klitschko.

Preceded by:
V. Klitschko vs. Sosnowski
WBC Heavyweight Title Fight
# 107
Succeeded by: