Boxing Legend Shannon Briggs’ Latest Sparring Video Shows Why He Should Stay Retired

Published 01/14/2022, 8:30 AM EST


50-year-old former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs seems ready to re-lace the boxing gloves and take on the MMA veteran Rampage Jackson in an exhibition this year. Following the footsteps of several contemporaries of his time like Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson, Briggs also seems interested in bagging a hefty pay-check and providing a glimpse of his action to the modern-era fans.

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That said, he was already in a massive social media altercation with Rampage Jackson. Former UFC star Jackson didn’t back away from offering responses and it gave a prominent lifeline to their in-ring scrap. However, not everything seems to be in Brigg’s favor.

The Brownsville native recently dropped a video of his sparring session, which gave his believers enough reasons to worry about. Briggs and Jackson can possibly square off in 2022, as the preparations appear to have begun already. Here’s a glimpse of it.

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Having appeared almost six years ago in the ring, Briggs appeared to be slow with his pace. Besides, he was extremely sloppy and seemed to struggle to land the bigger punches. Although it was a mere sparring session, the ex-world champion failed to impress his fans. After failing to display his power, Briggs also hugged his sparring partner several times.

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If the same happens in the potential fight, fans can witness a hug-fest instead of a slug-fest. Brigg’s professional resume stands at 60-6-1 with 53 KOs. He was a vicious knockout artist of his time. But aged 50, he seems to have lost that prowess and that can bring him before a horrific outcome when put inside the ring against Rampage Jackson.

Shannon Briggs has a lot more on his arsenal

Both Briggs and Jackson have passed their prime. But they have a great experience on their side and that can help them generate an intense fight. It will be intriguing to see who has got more left in their gas tank.

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But considering their age, it should be an exhibition fight to prevent a fatal outcome. On bagging wins, either man can continue their stints in exhibition appearances.

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Briggs had also called out Mike Tyson after ‘Iron’ staged an exhibition against Roy Jones Jr., in November 2020. If he is still willing to go for the challenge, Briggs needs to topple Jackson firstly. While the recent clip doesn’t seem to work in his favor, Shannon Briggs can still shock the world by entering the squared circle.

Who do you see winning this bout? Shannon Briggs or Rampage Jackson?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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