Shannon Briggs is Ranked 'How High' by the WBA?'Written by Leroy Cleveland
A former WBO world heavyweight champion and top challenger in the 1990s, is Shannon Briggs (59-6-1, 32 KO) on the verge of a title shot?
Known for his devastating punching power which has earned him 33 first round knockouts (the most number for any heavyweight champion), the 44 year old Briggs is 8-0, 6 KOs on his comeback which started in April 2014.
And while he hasn't defeated a top opponent in nearly 10 years (TKO 12 Siarhei Liakhovich, Fall 2006), one sanctioning organization is seemingly impressed with his body of work.
The World Boxing Association (WBA) has catapulted Shannon all the way to No. 4 in its heavyweight rankings.
As of January 19, 2016, their top 15 is as follows:
TYSON FURY - Super champion
RUSLAN CHAGEAV - Regular champion
1 LUIS ORTIZ - Interim champion
2 LUCAS BROWNE
3 WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO
4 SHANNON BRIGGS
5 ALEXANDER USTINOV
6 FRES OQUENDO
7 ANDREY FEDOSOV
8 ANTONIO TARVER
9 DAVID HAYE
10 ERKAN TEPER
11 JOSEPH PARKER
12 ANTHONY JOSHUA
13 BRYANT JENNINGS
14 KUBRAT PULEV
15 JARRELL MILLER
How did that happen?
And how is Lucas Browne ranked higher than Wladimir Klitschko?
....And do you think the WBA has enough champions?
Oh the politics of boxing, sometimes.
On March 5th, Lucas Browne will face Ruslan Chagaev for one of the WBA's many, confusing heavyweight titles. Should Browne upset the more polished Chagaev, Briggs vs Browne in the former's Australia would probably be a lock.
And if Wladimir Klitschko, ranked No. 3 by the WBA, defeats Tyson Fury in their rematch, the former's No.1 contender will likely be Briggs.
No wonder Shannon, who fought six in times in 2014, stepped in the ring only twice last year. He probably doesn't want to jeopardize his WBA ranking.
A title shot for Briggs is looking more and more likely as time goes on.