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Shannon Briggs earns two first round KOs in consecutive weeks (VIDEO)

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After a three year hiatus, 42-year-old former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (53-6-1, 47 KOs) is back. On Saturday, Briggs, calm and cool, collected Francisco Mireles (17-9, 5 KOs) in just 20 seconds at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN.

A left hook body shot felled the 286 lb Mireles who did not beat the referee's count.

The first round knockout was Briggs’ second this month as he had knocked out Maurenzo Smith (12-8-3, 9 KOS) eight days prior, April 11.

“I’m going to Germany tomorrow to chase down Wladimir Klitschko,” Briggs said after Saturday's bout.


Prior to his return bout, we last saw Briggs in the ring on October 16, 2010 when he was thoroughly beaten-up by then-WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko.

And while Shannon survived without being knocked out, he paid a heavy price in doing so. After the bout, he was taken to the hospital with a broken left orbital bone, a broken nose and a badly torn left bicep among other possible injuries.

Briggs enjoyed a successful amateur stint, becoming a New York City Golden Gloves champion, New York State Champion, and National P.A.L. Champion. In 1991, he finished second in the heavyweight division at the Pan American Games after losing to Cuban amateur legend Félix Savón.

A heavyweight oddity of sorts, Briggs won a majority decision over 48 year old, then-lineal heavyweight champion George Foreman in 1997 in what is still considered one of the biggest high-profile robberies in the history of the sport.


In his following bout, Briggs rocked then-WBC Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis in the early rounds before being systematically taken apart and subsequently knocked out in five.

Shannon gained a bit of redemption in 2006 by dramatically winning the WBO heavyweight title, stopping Siarhei Liakhovich in the final three seconds of the contest. He would lose this belt to Sultan Ibragimov the following year.

Briggs, who ballooned after his retirement, appears to have shed a lot of weight in preparation for his comeback.

The last American to own a share of the heavyweight title, who should he next fight?

Two fights.... two first round knockouts.

Last minute of fight between Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs 52-6-1 (46) vs. Maurenzo Smith 12-9-3 (9) on April 11, 2014 in Tampa, Florida at the Double Tree Hotel. Briggs wins by TKO at 2:59 of the 1st round.

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