By Matt Benoliel
The Fighting News Reporter
Following the lofty introductions of famed ring announcer Michael Buffer, Shannon Briggs (56-6-1, 52 KOs) managed to frustrate and dominate opponent Mike Marrone (21-5). After controlling the first round with a quick and effective jab and a peppering of body shots for good measure, Briggs connected with a straight right to the head followed by a vicious left hook to the body towards the end of round two. Briggs was, in fact, leading with his right throughout that round. And nothing says “you got nothing for me, I’m gonna do what I want,” more than a fighter leading with rights.
Last night’s win brings Brigg’s winning streak to 8 since losing to Vitali Klitschko in 2010. Briggs is looking to avenge that loss with a match against Wladmir Klitschko. Following the announcement of last night’s KO, Briggs took to center ring to continue his taunts against the younger Klitschko. “I’m the real champ! Let’s Go Champ!” shouted Briggs. Although both Klitschko brothers were in attendance last night, neither felt the need to retort, especially after Friday’s incident at Lucky Street.
But can Briggs beat the towering Ukranian? Some criticize Shannon for being to old, but at 43, he looks to be in the best shape of his career. Moving like a fighter in his 20s, with knockout power in that left hand, Briggs is only giving up an inch of reach advantage to Klitschko and four years of age. It may seem like a mismatch to those who buy into the myth of the invincible Ukranian Colossus who hasn’t lost a fight in ten years, but Briggs has more than a puncher’s chance to send Klitschko reeling to the canvas. Lights out. Let’s Go Champ!