By Robert Brizel, Head RCM Boxing Correspondent
With 45 knockouts in his 51 heavyweight victories, Shannon ‘The Cannon’ Briggs still packs a mean heavyweight punch. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Briggs has not reappeared in the ring since his 12 round decision loss to Dr. Vitali Klitschko for the World Boxing Council Heavyweight title at O2 Arena in Hamburg, Germany in October 2010. As to whether or not Shannon still has any cannonballs left in his artillery after 40 months inactivity, the answer should be yes. With any luck, and a significant win streak over opponents of any kind, Briggs could be a candidate for Alexander Povetkin or Dr. Wladimir Klitschko. Many boxing experts agree Deontay Wilder and Bryant Jennings hit hard, but not hard enough to do any damage to Briggs at this point in his career.
Briggs will return on February 23, 2014, at The Mansion, in Atlanta, Georgia, fighting Trinidad and Tobago journeyman Kertson Manswell, whose five bouts in a row in 2012 and 2013, and who didn’t make it to the second round against Tor Hamer in his last American appearance at BB King Blues Club & Grill in August 2013. Manswell won’t make it out of the first ring against Briggs in any format other than a stretcher. After a five bout win streak for Briggs in 2014, that more or less will signal another world title opportunity for him.