Siarhei Liakhovich vs. Shannon Briggs

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Challenger rankings
As of July 2006
WBA 8
WBC N/A
IBF 7
WBO 3
As of June 2006
WBA NR
WBC 8
IBF 7
WBO 2

Siarhei Liakhovich 238 lbs lost to Shannon Briggs 268 lbs by TKO at 2:59 in round 12 of 12

  • WBO World Heavyweight Title (1st defense by Liakhovich)

Notes

  • Bout became official on August 25 (some sources claim September 5).
  • Liakhovich was said to not have recovered well enough from the hard Brewster fight.
  • Briggs trailing, won the fight with one second left, reminiscent of Chavez vs. Meldrick Taylor I.
  • Liakohvich down twice in round twelve
  • The second knockdown led to Liakhovich falling through the ropes.
  • If the referee had allowed the fight to continue after the second knockdown and Liakhovich had come back into the ring within 20 seconds, he would have kept his title with a draw.
  • Commentator Joe Tessitore called it "a very distasteful heavyweight bout".
  • This is how Belarussian reporter Pavel Baranov described the fight: "Throughout the entire twelve rounds, Liakhovich boxed as if under a tranquilizer - slowly, always letting heavy Briggs catch his breath. There was such a striking contrast with the previous golden fight. As a result, everything turned out so strange that almost half of the forum chatters (including overseas ones) confidently assumed the behind-the-scenes work of Siarhei's boss - that same dark-skinned eccentric guy with a nightmarish hairstyle who cheerfully waved Belarussian flag, walking around the ring before the fight."


Preceded by:
Brewster vs. Lyakhovich
WBO Heavyweight Title Fight
# 34
Succeeded by:
Briggs vs. Ibragimov