Shannon the Cannon Misfires

By Robert Ecksel on May 22, 2017
Shannon the Cannon Misfires
It’s time to veto this title bout, before another head-scratching scandal hits the sport.

Perhaps it wasn’t brain damage, as diagnosed by Dr. Steelhammer, which has caused Shannon Briggs to act as he does…

Those who have followed Shannon Briggs from the mean streets of Brooklyn to whatever planet he now inhabits are not surprised that he failed a drug test in advance of his June 3 fight at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, against Fres Oquendo for the vacant WBA World heavyweight title.

According to ESPN, 45-year-old Briggs, in accord with the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA), recently failed a random urine test, throwing his inexplicable title fight against 44-year-old Oquendo into jeopardy. Elevated levels of testosterone were found in his system, so perhaps it wasn’t brain damage, as diagnosed by Dr. Steelhammer, after all which has caused Briggs to act as he does.

Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs, 1 NC), who has a big personality and muscles to match, has been on the comeback trail since April 2014, after a three and half year hiatus following the whooping he received from Vitali Klitschko in 2010. Since his return to active duty he has gone 9-0 with eight of the wins coming by knockout. One might think that Briggs, having finally gotten the title shot he has so craved, was flattening other contenders on his way to the crown. But nothing could be further from the truth.

The combined records of the men Briggs has defeated since that inglorious night in Hamburg, Germany, when the future Mayor of Kiev landed him in the hospital is a less than impressive 199-87-8. But numbers, like facts, are stupid things and the fight might go forward, even if the joke is less on the combatants than on boxing itself.

Briggs and Oquendo are ranked number three and four, respectively, by the WBA, which made a title fight plausible if not quite welcome. But now that Briggs has joined the likes of Ruslan Chagaev and Lucas Browne, both of whom held the title Briggs was to have fought for and both of whom were stripped for failing drug tests, it’s time put the kibosh on this bout, before another head-scratching scandal hits the sport.

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  1. Anonymous 11:35am, 05/22/2017

    Irish, that’s why they call him the Cannon

  2. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 11:00am, 05/22/2017

    Here’s the thing….when these assholes that have a high level of testosterone to begin with use PEDs they can literally develop a world class six pack just by straining when they take a dump! I ask you….where’s the fairness in that?!

  3. Anonymous 07:56am, 05/22/2017

    nonprophet , oh, you hate me do you? Why don’t you join the club. They have weekly meetings on the corner of F—k You Street and Kiss My A—Blvd.

  4. nonprophet 05:53am, 05/22/2017

    Hey “anonymous”

    Since you are being FORCED to watch them, why don’t you do us all a favor. Come out of anonymity and fight either of those two “bums.”  Knock them out and send them packing so that we will no longer have to put up with them.

    I know, I know.  You would fight them…and KO them both. It’s just that you are too busy talking smack about them on the internet.

  5. Anonymous 05:20pm, 05/21/2017

    Naw. He is full of sh-t. And his entourage of Michael Marley et al is bile-inducing. He needs to go away and so does Oquendo. These guys have not earned their way.

  6. Alt Knight 05:00pm, 05/21/2017

    Briggs is entertaining. Would hate to see the guy disappear. LETS GO CHAMP!!

  7. Anonymous 04:20pm, 05/21/2017

    Good riddance to bad garbage

  8. Alt Knight 01:41pm, 05/21/2017

    Big muscles don’t always mean someone is on the “juice” or lack of muscles doesn’t mean someone is clean either. Mark McGwire was built like a tight end but McGwire’s original reason for taking a stack of PEDs was to help heal nagging injuries and improve recovery time. People take PEDs for various reasons. Hell, you even have endurance athletes like Lance Armstrong taking them, probably helps recovery time after biking a 100 plus miles. LETS GO CHAMP!! Maybe Briggs should train in Cuba, I hear their boxers don’t have to rely on PEDs. hehe.

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