Shannon Briggs (born December 4, 1971) is an American professional boxer. A twenty-year veteran of the sport, he is a two-time former world heavyweight champion, having held the lineal title from 1997 to 1998, and the WBO title from 2006 to 2007.

Early life

Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, Briggs was homeless for a period in his childhood.[1] In 1983, when Briggs was 12, he saw Mike Tyson in Bristol Park, Brooklyn, New York. Briggs' friends called out, "Here comes Mike." Briggs said he was too scared to run and that seeing Tyson that day "changed his life." [2] At age 17, Briggs began training at Jimmy O'Pharrow's Starrett City Boxing Club in Brooklyn, NY. He was diagnosed with asthma as a child.[citation needed] Briggs' mother died in Brownsville due to a heroin overdose on December 4, 1996, Briggs' 25th birthday.[3]

Amateur career

Briggs became New York City Golden Gloves champion, New York State Champion, National P.A.L. Champion and finished second place as a Heavyweight at the Pan American Games in 1991, losing the final to Félix Savón.[citation needed] In 1992 he became the United States Amateur Champion.[citation needed]


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United States national amateur boxing championships:

Professional career

Early career

Briggs began his career in 1992 and was undefeated in his first 25 fights, and was trained by Teddy Atlas.[citation needed] He suffered his first loss when he was knocked out in three rounds by undefeated Darroll Wilson in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1996. The fight was broadcast on HBO and was a showcase of young heavyweight fighters.[4]

Lineal heavyweight champion

Briggs vs. Foreman

Briggs fought against lineal champion George Foreman on November 22, 1997 at the Trump Taj Majal Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Coming into the fight, Briggs sported a 29–1 record with 24 of his wins came by way of knockout and fighting a total of 86 rounds. However, despite his record, his one loss had been a third-round knockout against Darroll "Doin' Damage" Wilson on HBO the previous year which halted his momentum and hurt his status as one of the premier up-and-coming heavyweights.[5] However, realizing that a win over Foreman would get him back into contention, Briggs vowed to be ready for the fight stating that he was "confident that I can go in and fight for 12 rounds and win a decision."[6]

After capturing the WBA and IBF titles from Michael Moorer late in 1994, George Foreman forfeited both titles but retained the lineal championship and successfully defended that crown (as well as the lowly regarded WBU heavyweight title) against then-undefeated prospects Crawford Grimsley and Lou Savarese. Following his win over Savarese, Foreman fought Briggs.

The fight was controversial as Briggs ultimately picked up the victory by way of majority decision. Through the course of the fight, Foreman landed more punches and had a higher percentage of his punches land than Briggs. Foreman landed 284 of his 488 punches for a 58% success rate while Briggs landed 45% of his punches, going 223 for 494. Foreman made $5 million, whilst Briggs received a $400,000 purse.

Foreman spent much of the fight as the aggressor while Briggs spent a lot of the fight retreating. In the later rounds Foreman's power punches seemed to take a toll on the younger Briggs, as he began slowing down and all but abandoned his tactic of moving away from Foreman and was hit from some heavy shots as a result. In the 12th and final round, Foreman tried hard for a knockout victory and was able to break Briggs' nose but was unable to score a knockdown. As a result, the result went to the judge's scorecards.[7][8]

One judge scored the fight a draw at 114–114 while the other two had the fight scored 116–112 and 117–113 in favor of Briggs, giving him both the majority decision win and the lineal heavyweight title.[9]

Briggs vs. Lewis

After Lennox Lewis successfully defended his WBC title in a dominating first-round knockout victory over Andrew Golota, he agreed to defend his title against the winner between Briggs-Foreman in the elimination bout organized by the WBC to determine who would become Lewis' next opponent. Though Foreman's promoters protested the result and Lewis instead turned his attention to a potential unification match with Evander Holyfield, Lewis ultimately agreed to defend his WBC championship against lineal champion Briggs in a fight billed as "March Badness".[10][11]

In the fifth round, Lewis knocked Briggs down for the third time with a powerful right hook at 1:09 into the round. Briggs laid flat on his back for five seconds but got back up at the count of eight and continued with the fight. After Briggs collapsed to the mat following a missed left hook, referee Frank Cappuccino stopped the fight and awarded Lewis the victory by technical knockout.[12] Lewis earned $4 million compared to Briggs $1 million.

Career from 1998–2006

After the loss to Lennox Lewis, Briggs spent seven years fighting against low ranked opponents. He scored 17 wins, all by way of knockout, 2 losses, 1 by majority and 1 by unanimous decision and a majority draw versus Frans Botha in 1998.[13][14] Notable wins were against Ray Mercer, Brian Scott, Luciano Zolyone, Dicky Ryan and Chris Koval.[15][16]

WBO heavyweight champion

Briggs vs. Liakhovich

Briggs won the WBO heavyweight title when he knocked out Sergei Liakhovich in the last round of a November 4, 2006, matchup. After a lackluster 11 rounds which left the Arizona crowd restless, Briggs was losing on all three judges' scorecards (106-103 twice & 105-104). Briggs pressed the fight in the 12th round and knocked Liakhovich down. Briggs subsequently trapped him on the ropes and continued his assault, knocking Liakhovich out of the ring. Liakhovich landed on a ringside table, and the referee stopped the bout. If the referee had allowed the fight to continue after the second knockdown and Liakhovich had come back into the ring within 20 seconds, it would have resulted in a draw. The official time was 2:59.[17]

Briggs vs. Ibragimov

In his first title defense Shannon Briggs was to face Sultan Ibragimov on March 10, 2007; however, Briggs pulled out of the fight because he was diagnosed with "aspirational pneumonia." The fight was rescheduled fifty days later in Atlantic City on June 2, 2007, with Briggs losing in a unanimous decision (111-117, 109-119, 113-115). After winning the first round, Briggs slowed down and did not have the aggressiveness, accuracy or stamina to compete with Ibragimov. At 273 pounds, Briggs was as heavy as he had been in his career. Briggs entered having won 12 consecutive fights prior to this and announced his retirement immediately following the bout.[18]

Career from 2009–2010

Miscellaneous fights

Briggs returned in 2009 and scored his twenty-ninth first-round knockout against Marcus McGee. After the bout, Briggs tested positive for a banned substance, and was suspended. The result of the bout was changed to 'No Contest'. Briggs manager Ivalyo Gotzev, stated Briggs was on medication to control his asthma. "He's not a steroid user or a drug user. We're consulting with his physicians and seeing how to make the proper adjustments to make sure this doesn't happen again." The New York State Athletic Commission suspended Briggs for 90 days.[19][20] Briggs fought three times in 2010 before fighting Vitali Klitschko. He knocked out Rafael Pedro, Dominique Alexander and Rob Calloway all inside the first round of their respective fights.

Briggs vs. Vitali Klitschko

On October 16, 2010 Briggs fought for the WBC heavyweight title against Vitali Klitschko in the O2 World at Hamburg, the fight billed as 'Thunderstorm'. During the fight Briggs took a severe beating and after the fight, went down in his quarters. Briggs lost a clear unanimous decision (120-105 120-107 twice).[21] Brought to a hospital, Briggs was initially treated in intensive care and found to have suffered a left orbital fracture, a broken nose, and a torn left biceps.[22]

2014 comeback

After a gap of more than three years, Briggs fought six bouts in 2014 and a further two in 2015. He won all eight, seven by knockout, earning the NABA Heavyweight title in the process.[23]

Briggs fought in Panama against Zoltan Petranyi, knocking him out in round 1. Following the fight, former cruiserweight world champion Guillermo Jones came into the ring to confront Briggs, demanding he fight him next. At this time, Briggs was chasing a fight with then unified and lineal world champion Wladimir Klitschko and told Jones, he would fight him after he fight Klitschko. Neither fight took place in the future.[24] Briggs gained some notoriety over a video he released of himself harassing Klitschko at sea, as the latter was paddleboarding.[25][26][27]

Career from 2016–2017

In March 2016, Briggs confronted David Haye at his press conference for the announcement of his fight against little-known Arnold Gjergjaj at the O2 Arena on May 21, 2016. Haye did not agree to fight Briggs immediately but instead offered him the chance to fight on his undercard, promising that he would fight him next if he was victorious. Briggs agreed to this arrangement.[28]

Briggs vs. Zarate

On May 3, 2016, it was announced that Briggs would fight 6’7-inch former European heavyweight champion, Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 27 KOs). His opponent was changed a few days before the fight to Jakov Gospic (17-14, 12 KOs)[29] and then to Emilio Ezequiel Zarate (20-16-3, 11 KOs).[30] Briggs stopped Zarate in the first round of a scheduled 10 round bout with devastating body shots. The fight was stopped at 2:22 of the round. The win for Briggs had meant he could be fighting David Haye next.[31]

Despite winning on the undercard, a fight between Briggs and Haye didn't materialize. Brigg's continued to call out Haye, asking him to honor his end of the agreement. Briggs also chased Haye down in Brooklyn when both were in attendance for the Frampton vs. Santa Cruz fight.[32][33][34] In October, Haye spoke out about the fight not taking place due to the fact that Briggs wanted the fight to be on ppv, “Because the fight can’t happen on pay-per-view ... I like people thinking I’m running from him and ducking him because when I do get in the ring with him, which I really think I will do, I think it will make it a bigger fight. But at the moment the fight can’t happen because he will only fight me if the fight is on pay-per-view. I would fight him on [UK terrestrial channel] DAVE, but he doesn't want to do that.”[35]

WBA title mix

On November 2, 2016, the WBA ordered Briggs to fight Australian heavyweight Lucas Browne for the WBA regular title. The title became vacant after Browne defeated Ruslan Chagaev in March 2016 but was later stripped after he tested positive for drugs. The fight was ordered to take place before the end of 2016. The WBA and Browne came to a legal settlement which said he would fight for a world title next. Browne was due to fight Fres Oquendo, who hadn't fought since 2014, however that fight could not be made due to Oquendo recovering from an injury. The WBA ordered the winner of this bout to fight Oquendo in a mandatory defense within 120 days.[36][37]

On November 22, VADA informed the WBC that Browne had failed a second drug test in the space of six months. After being tested positive for banned substance clenbuterol ahead of his March fight with Ruslan Chagaev, Browne this time tested positive for ostarine, a stamina-increasing substance.[38]

On December 26, 2016 Alexander Ustinov's manager Vladimir Hryunov announced that he would be fighting for the WBA 'Regular' title on February 25, 2017 against either Briggs or Fres Oquendo. Oquendo’s trainer Nate Jones later confirmed a fight with Briggs was in the works.[39][40] On January 4, 2017 the WBA ordered for a deal to be reached between Briggs and Oquendo within 30 days or they would force a purse bid. Briggs told Sky Sports he wanted the fight to take place in the UK, after his increasing fan base, mostly due to Briggs spending a lot of time there pursuing a fight with David Haye.[41][42]

A deal wasn't reached by February 2 and the WBA ordered a purse bid to take place on February 13, 2017. Although some promoters were interested in the fight, there was issues being raised around the minimum bid of $1 million, being too high.[43] A bid of $400,000 was made by The Heavyweight Factory representative Henry Rivalta, on behalf of Briggs however not being valid due to not meeting the minimum requirement. The WBA ordered another purse bid to take place on February 23.[44]

On February 23, Square Ring Promotions and Hitz Entertainment Corporation announced that a deal had been reached for the Briggs vs. Oquendo fight. CEO of Square Ring Promotions John Wirt told World Boxing News, “We are really excited that we were able to reach an agreement with Kris Lawrence and Henry Rivalta of The Heavyweight Factory.”[45] On March 16, Briggs announced via his Social Media accounts, the fight would take place June 3, 2017 at the Hard Rock Hollywood in Florida.[46] The fight was being billed as "Backyard Brawl".[47]

Cancelled world title fight and ban

On May 21, it was reported that Briggs had failed a drug test. He tested positive for 'dramatically increased levels of testosterone'. It was revealed that Briggs' collected sample had almost 8 times the regular amount of testosterone for a man of his age and weight[48] It was said that the fight would be called off, although no official decision was made. The sample was taken on May 14 and tested on May 16. It was also said that the fight was likely to be postponed after Briggs promoters failed to secure TV rights for the fight.[49] A day later, Hitz Boxing and The Heavyweight Factory announced the fight was officially off and they would not reschedule a new date.[50]

On July 20, 2017, Briggs was suspended for six months by the WBA and is expected to lose his #3 position in the WBA rankings. He will also likely drop out of the top 15.[51][52]

K-1 Career

Briggs competed briefly for the K-1 kickboxing promotion in 2004. In his lone kickboxing match, he knocked out Tom Erikson, a mixed martial artist with a background in collegiate wrestling, just over a minute into round one at the K-1 World Grand Prix 2004 in Saitama in Saitama, Japan on March 27, 2004.[citation needed]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
68 fights 60 wins 6 losses
By knockout 53 2
By decision 7 4
Draws 1
No contests 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
68 Win 60–6–1 (1) Argentina Emilio Zarate KO 1 (10), 2:20 May 21, 2016 United Kingdom The O2 Arena, London, England
67 Win 59–6–1 (1) United States Michael Marrone KO 2 (10), 2:52 Sep 5, 2015 United States Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
66 Win 58–6–1 (1) Hungary Zoltan Petranyi KO 1 (10), 1:52 Mar 27, 2015 Panama Sortis Hotel Spa & Casino, Panama City, Panama
65 Win 57–6–1 (1) United States Richard Carmack KO 1 (10), 2:59 Nov 1, 2014 United States Isle of Capri Casino, Lula, Mississippi, U.S.
64 Win 56–6–1 (1) United States Cory Phelps TKO 1 (10), 1:18 Aug 23, 2014 United States Ring of Dreams Boxing Gym, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S. Retained WBA–NABA heavyweight title;
Won WBC Latino interim heavyweight title
63 Win 55–6–1 (1) Brazil Raphael Zumbano Love UD 12 Jun 28, 2014 United States Remington Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S. Won vacant WBA–NABA heavyweight title
62 Win 54–6–1 (1) United States Matthew Greer TKO 1 (10), 0:27 May 17, 2014 United States Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, New Cumberland, West Virginia, U.S.
61 Win 53–6–1 (1) Mexico Francisco Mireles KO 1 (10), 0:27 Apr 19, 2014 United States Black Bear Casino Resort, Carlton, Minnesota, U.S.
60 Win 52–6–1 (1) United States Maurenzo Smith KO 1 (10), 2:59 Apr 11, 2014 United States DoubleTree, Tampa, Florida, U.S.
59 Loss 51–6–1 (1) Ukraine Vitali Klitschko UD 12 Oct 16, 2010 Germany O2 World, Hamburg, Germany For WBC heavyweight title
58 Win 51–5–1 (1) United States Rob Calloway TKO 1 (10), 1:38 May 28, 2010 United States Scope, Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
57 Win 50–5–1 (1) United States Dominique Alexander TKO 1 (10), 0:20 May 21, 2010 United States Capitale, New York City, New York, U.S.
56 Win 49–5–1 (1) Cuba Rafael Pedro KO 1 (10), 0:28 Apr 13, 2010 United States Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S. Won vacant WBC Latino heavyweight title
55 NC 48–5–1 (1) United States Marcus McGee KO 1 (8), 2:01 Dec 3, 2009 United States Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom, New York City, New York, U.S. Originally a KO win for Briggs, later ruled an NC after he failed a drug test
54 Loss 48–5–1 Russia Sultan Ibragimov UD 12 Jun 2, 2007 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Lost WBO heavyweight title
53 Win 48–4–1 Belarus Siarhei Liakhovich TKO 12 (12), 2:59 Nov 4, 2006 United States Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. Won WBO heavyweight title
52 Win 47–4–1 United States Chris Koval RTD 3 (12), 3:00 May 24, 2006 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, New York, U.S. Retained WBA–NABA and WBO–NABO heavyweight titles;
Won vacant USBA heavyweight title
51 Win 46–4–1 United States Dicky Ryan KO 4 (12), 2:37 Mar 18, 2006 United States Convention Center, Fort Smith, Arkansas, U.S. Won vacant WBANABA and WBONABO heavyweight titles
50 Win 45–4–1 Brazil Luciano Zolyone KO 1 (12), 0:11 Dec 10, 2005 Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico Won vacant WBC FECARBOX heavyweight title
49 Win 44–4–1 United States Brian Scott KO 1 (10), 1:10 Nov 26, 2005 United States Convention Center, Fort Smith, Arkansas, U.S.
48 Win 43–4–1 United States Ray Mercer KO 7 (10), 0:41 Aug 26, 2005 United States Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
47 Win 42–4–1 Ghana Abraham Okine TKO 3 (10), 0:54 Jun 10, 2005 United States Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Verona, New York, U.S.
46 Win 41–4–1 United States Demetrice King TKO 2 (6), 1:49 Mar 3, 2005 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
45 Win 40–4–1 United States Jeff Pegues TKO 1 (10), 0:35 Mar 6, 2004 United States Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, New York, U.S.
44 Win 39–4–1 United States Wade Lewis TKO 3 (8) Aug 28, 2003 United States The Plex, North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
43 Win 38–4–1 United States John Sargent TKO 1 (12), 0:17 Jul 19, 2003 United States War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S. Won vacant IBU heavyweight title
42 Win 37–4–1 United States Marvin Hill TKO 1 (10), 0:33 Mar 27, 2003 United States War Memorial Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.
41 Loss 36–4–1 United States Jameel McCline UD 10 Apr 27, 2002 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
40 Win 36–3–1 The Bahamas Reynaldo Minus KO 1 (8), 2:21 Dec 1, 2001 United States Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City, New York, U.S.
39 Win 35–3–1 United States Jason Waller TKO 1 (10), 0:37 Oct 19, 2001 United States The Orleans, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
38 Win 34–3–1 United States Russell Chasteen KO 1 (10), 2:55 Apr 7, 2001 United States Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel, Worley, Idaho, U.S.
37 Win 33–3–1 United States Eric Curry KO 1 (10), 2:34 Nov 2, 2000 United States Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel, Worley, Idaho, U.S.
36 Loss 32–3–1 United States Sedreck Fields MD 8 Apr 27, 2000 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, New York, U.S.
35 Win 32–2–1 United States Warren Williams TKO 3 (10), 2:22 Feb 24, 2000 United States Hammerstein Ballroom, New York City, New York, U.S.
34 Draw 31–2–1 South Africa Francois Botha MD 10 Aug 7, 1999 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
33 Win 31–2 United States Marcus Rhode TKO 1 (10), 2:55 Dec 8, 1998 United States Roseland Ballroom, New York City, New York, U.S.
32 Loss 30–2 United Kingdom Lennox Lewis TKO 5 (12), 1:45 Mar 28, 1998 United States Convention Center, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Lost lineal heavyweight title;
For WBC heavyweight title
31 Win 30–1 United States George Foreman MD 12 Nov 22, 1997 United States Etess Arena, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. Won lineal heavyweight title
30 Win 29–1 Spain Jorge Valdes RTD 9 (10), 3:00 Jun 24, 1997 United States Argosy Festival Atrium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
29 Win 28–1 United States Melton Bowen TKO 1 (10), 0:26 Apr 15, 1997 United States South Mountain Arena, West Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
28 Win 27–1 United States Eric French TKO 2 (8), 2:23 Feb 21, 1997 United States Mahi Temple Shrine Auditorium, Miami, Florida, U.S.
27 Win 26–1 United States Tim Ray KO 1 (10) Sep 25, 1996 United States Robert Treat Hotel, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
26 Loss 25–1 United States Darroll Wilson TKO 3 (10), 2:17 Mar 15, 1996 United States Convention Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
25 Win 25–0 United States Calvin Jones TKO 1 (10), 0:54 Dec 15, 1995 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, U.S.
24 Win 24–0 United States Sherman Griffin TKO 1 (10), 1:17 Sep 22, 1995 United States Civic Center, Lewiston, Maine, U.S.
23 Win 23–0 United States Will Hinton TKO 1 (8), 1:50 Aug 25, 1995 United States Bally's, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
22 Win 22–0 United States Marion Wilson PTS 8 Mar 24, 1995 United States South Mountain Arena, West Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
21 Win 21–0 United States Craig Payne UD 8 Jan 13, 1995 United States Bally's, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
20 Win 20–0 United States Mike Faulkner KO 2 Oct 21, 1994 United States Palm Springs, California, U.S.
19 Win 19–0 United States Mark Young TKO 8 (8), 2:06 Aug 26, 1994 United States Bally's, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
18 Win 18–0 United States Exum Speight TKO 1 Aug 4, 1994 United States Foxwoods Resort Casino, Ledyard, Connecticut, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 United States Jimmy Ellis TKO 1 (8), 0:35 Mar 12, 1994 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 United States Mike Faulkner KO 6 (6), 1:46 Feb 20, 1994 United States Belle Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 United States Danny Wofford UD 6 Dec 9, 1993 United States Paramount Theatre, New York City, New York, U.S.
14 Win 14–0 United States Tim Noble TKO 3 (6), 1:04 Nov 10, 1993 United States Broadway By the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
13 Win 13–0 United States Danny Blake PTS 6 Jul 10, 1993 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, U.S.
12 Win 12–0 United States Bruce Johnson TKO 1 (6), 1:36 May 22, 1993 United States Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C., U.S.
11 Win 11–0 United States Ron Gullette TKO 1 (6), 1:52 Mar 25, 1993 United States Broadway By the Bay Theater, Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S.
10 Win 10–0 United States Robert Pagan Perez KO 1 Dec 9, 1992 United States Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 United States Rocky Bentley PTS 4 Dec 4, 1992 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 United States Rick Honeycutt TKO 1 Nov 21, 1992 United States Miami, Florida, U.S.
7 Win 7–0 United StatesTony Simpson TKO 1 Nov 13, 1992 United States Revere, Massachusetts, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Donnie Penelton KO 1 Oct 29, 1992 United States Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 United States Juan Quintana TKO 3, 1:13 Oct 9, 1992 United States Tiverton, Rhode Island, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 United StatesGreg Santos KO 1 Sep 19, 1992 United States Troy, New York, U.S.
3 Win 3–0 United StatesEd Carlson KO 1 (4) Aug 28, 1992 United States Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
2 Win 2–0 United States Cedric Sims KO 1 (4) Aug 6, 1992 United States Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
1 Win 1–0 United States John Basil Jackson KO 1 (4), 1:28 Jul 24, 1992 United States Catskill, New York, U.S. Professional debut

Professional kickboxing record

Kickboxing record

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes


Film credits

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Bad Boys II Haitian Gang Member
2005 Transporter 2 Max
2007 Three Days to Vegas Security Guard
2008 The Wackness Bodyguard #1

Television appearances

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Naked Sport Himself Documentary, EP Welcome to the Sewer
1995 New York Undercover Ralphie EP Knock You Out
2003 Trina: The Making of a Diamond Princess Himself Documentary
2006 Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith Himself Guest on Talk Show


Outside the ring

Briggs is also an actor. He made his television acting debut on New York Undercover in 1995 and has since appeared in feature films Bad Boys II, with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, Transporter 2, and The Wackness.[citation needed]

Briggs also made an appearance on the Fugees' breakthrough album, The Score. He appears in the music video for rapper Thirstin Howl III's song "Surrounded By Criminals" (from his 2011 album Natural Born Skiller).[citation needed]

Shannon Briggs was summoned to US Federal Court District South Carolina on June 7, 2012, according to court documents Kali Bowyer, Briggs' ex-publicist, was awarded over $420,000.00 plus interest for her services.[54]


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