posted on Mar, 7 2004 @ 05:54 PM
Associated Press - March 7, 2004
VERONA, N.Y. (AP) - Shannon Briggs stopped Jeff Pegues 35 seconds into their heavyweight bout Saturday night at the Turning Stone Casino.
Briggs wasted no time sending Pegues down with a quick right. Briggs landed another right and finished the fight with an overhand left hook.
Briggs is 40-4-1 with 34 knockouts and has won 25 fights by first-round knockouts. Briggs was originally scheduled to fight Robert Davis (28-6, 16
KOs), but Davis withdrew with an ankle injury.
"I enjoy getting the fight over with in the first round," Briggs said.
Briggs, of Brooklyn, N.Y., earned a controversial 12-round majority decision over two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman in 1997, causing
Foreman to retire at the time. The next year, Briggs was stopped in the fifth round by recently retired Lennox Lewis.
Pegues (18-13, 15 KOs), a journeyman boxer from Akron, Ohio, has had his share of tough bouts, with only one win in his last seven fights.
In the co-feature event of the six-bout card, Bronx native Kelvin Hale (14-4-2, 5 KOs) won a split decision in an eight-round match with Sherman "The
Tank" Williams (24-9-1, 14 KOs).