Former heavyweight world champion Shannon Briggs held a reputation as a serial knockout-artist throughout the late 1990s and 2000s.
However, there is one man that turned the tables on ‘The Cannon’ and hit him so hard that he ‘couldn’t sleep for two weeks.’
Briggs retired in 2016 with a record of 60-6, including fifty-three wins by knockout. During that time, the American recorded an incredible thirty-seven first-round knockout wins.
Those included stoppages over former world champions Ray Mercer and Siarhei Liakhovich, the latter coming dramatically in the final round to win the WBO title whilst behind on the cards.
The now-51-year-old also faced heavyweight legends such as Lennox Lewis and Vitali Klitschko, but told the JAXXON Podcast of the time he met George Foreman, in what was to be ‘Big George’s’ eighty-first and final contest.
“He was an amazing fighter, one of the greatest of all-times. To be in the ring with him was crazy, his presence, his jab, everything was like ‘damn’.”
“He was one of the greats, I was trying to survive and not get killed by George Foreman, he was beating everybody. He hit me so hard I couldn’t believe, I couldn’t sleep for two weeks. He gave me vertigo, he was hitting hard.”
Briggs has previously spoken of a comeback to the sport, calling out the likes of Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko in the past.
With the controversial heavyweight showdown in Jamaica between Donovan ‘Razor’ Ruddock and James Toney, who have a combined age of 114-years-old, it would be of no surprise to see the game Briggs also return to the ring in the near-future.