An American boxer Shannon Briggs was born on 4th December 1971 in Brooklyn, New York. He competes in the heavy weight division. He was grown up in Brownsville section of Brooklyn. In his childhood, he was a homeless for some period. When he was at the age of seventeen, Briggs began to train at the Jimmy O’Pharrow’s Starrett City Boxing Club in Brooklyn, NY.
In the year 1992, Briggs turned professional as a heavyweight. His breakout year came in 1995. He fought on national television where he won hard fought decision over Craig Payne and seasoned veteran Marion Wilson. The following year, he was Shannon suffered his first loss when he was knocked out by an asthma attack in a fight in which he was winning easily against Darroll in Wilson Atlantic City, New Jersey. He was then determined to prove that greatness is not only determined by how many fights you win but it is how you rebound from the loss.
He challenged Lennox Lewis on 28th March 1998 for the WBC heavyweight championship. In between the year 2002 to 2006, Briggs remained busy by taking on all comers in a series of off-TV bouts while touring North America with the hope that he could earn another title shot. In 4th November 2006, Shannon won the WBO heavyweight title when he knocked out Sergei Liakhovich in the last round matchup.
Briggs fought in a WBC title challenge on 16th October 2010 against Vitali Klitschko in Hamburg. After the fight, he was taken to the hospital. There he was treated in intensive care and he was found to have suffered a left orbital fracture, a broken nose, a burst ear drum, and a torn left bicep. Despite of all this, Briggs showed tremendous heart and toughness.
Prior to that, Briggs is also an actor. He made his television acting debut in the year 1995 on New York Undercover. Since then, he had made his appearance in several featured films such as Bad Boys II along with Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, Transporter 2 and The Wackness.
In addition, Shannon has also appeared on the Fugees’ breakthrough album titled The Score. He has also appeared in the music video for the rapper Thirstin Howl III’s song “Surrounded By Criminals” which is from the 2011 album Natural Born Skiller. He was also a model for the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency in New York.
To talk about his personal life, he was previously married to Alana Wilson. They dated for two years and also have two children together. Standing at the height of six feet and four inch, Briggs has a unique combination of power and hand speed. Briggs is now at the age of 44 and he is known as a hard puncher and he holds a world record of most 1st round wins by knockout in the history of heavyweight division. As he has maintained to keep his profile low, we do not have much more information about his personal life.