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Old 10-17-2010, 08:23 PM   #1
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Default The toll Briggs had to pay for going the distance.

Should the fight have been stopped?

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Heavyweight title challenger Shannon Briggs is in the intensive care unit at the University Hospital Eppendorf in Hamburg, Germany. Briggs suffered fractures below both eyes as well as a concussion and broken nose, after taking dozens of hard shots from WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko on Saturday night, but is responsive according to RTL. He also suffered a pulled tendon and torn muscle in his right arm.

Briggs was rushed to the hospital after the fight as doctors feared a possible cerebral hemorrhage after observing symptoms associated with neurological disturbances and drowsiness. Happily an MRI showed that there was no brain bleeding.

Referee Ian John-Lewis, who has received criticism for not stopping the fight, said he was within “one or two shots” of stopping it. “It was a heavyweight world championship,” he said. “These are tough guys and as long as a man fights back, you have to give him a chance.”
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:27 PM   #2
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Default Re: The toll Briggs had to pay for going the distance.

Obviously, to anyone who wasn't the referee or corner.
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:30 PM   #3
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Default Re: The toll Briggs had to pay for going the distance.

Round 10 is where the ref failed in his duty to protect fighters who can't protect themselves or fight back against a brutal beating.
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:34 PM   #4
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Default Re: The toll Briggs had to pay for going the distance.

Then we saw the best and worst of boxing.

Briggs must have showed great heart, as he was hurt and had zero chance to win.

The ref and corner men should feel terrible.
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:34 PM   #5
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Default Re: The toll Briggs had to pay for going the distance.

Ref and Corner failed on stopping the fight. poor briggs tho but eh I'd take a ass whooping like that for half a mill.
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:40 PM   #6
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Default Re: The toll Briggs had to pay for going the distance.

Question to those who saw the fight ( I have not yet! ). Was this a worse beating than Holmes vs. Cobb? Worse than Calzage vs. Lacy?
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:43 PM   #7
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Default Re: The toll Briggs had to pay for going the distance.

Wrong section? Third thread on this fight in classic. Even one was more than enough.
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:50 PM   #8
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Default Re: The toll Briggs had to pay for going the distance.

briggs' corner should not have let him continue around 9-10. the announcers were saying it, everyone on here was saying it. it was completely unnecessary for shannon to take as much punishment as he did.

as far as the ref goes...he has to see that this guy is a warrior and will not quit unless someone stops it and his corner damn sure isnt going to do it. he needed to be saved from himself and the ref dropped the ball.

that being said what heart briggs showed.
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:51 PM   #9
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Wrong section? Third thread on this fight in classic. Even one was more than enough.
No, he started the same one on the general forum too.
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:57 PM   #10
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Question to those who saw the fight ( I have not yet! ). Was this a worse beating than Holmes vs. Cobb? Worse than Calzage vs. Lacy?
It was comparable, but I'd classify the beating Briggs took as worse, as Vitali hits harder than Holmes, and Briggs looked ready to go in a few of those late rounds and the corner never threw in the towel, nor the ref stopped the fight.

The power shots landed by Vitali were by far more than what Cobb caught vs Holmes.


One thing that irks me, the ref not once went to Briggs corner to show he was concerned he was taking too much punishment.

I often see refs go to a fighters corner and warn the fighter directly that he's going to stop it pretty soon if he does'nt show more fight.

Maybe I missed it, but did anyone here see the ref go to Briggs corner?
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Old 10-18-2010, 04:58 AM   #11
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Briggs corner let him down big time. So did the ref. As Max Baer said when he folded his cards, they didn't pay enough to an execution.

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Old 10-18-2010, 11:58 PM   #12
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I was yelling at my computer hoping someone should stop it. Briggs

corner obviously could care less about him and at least should be fired.

Ref-suspension immediately
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Old 10-19-2010, 12:01 AM   #13
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Wrong section? Third thread on this fight in classic. Even one was more than enough.
I'd say a robot 1-2ing an hgh boosted near 40 year old for 12 rounds is the essence of classic boxing
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Old 10-19-2010, 08:18 AM   #14
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This fight clearly demonstrated Vitali lacks one punch power. His Brother, Wlad, would have had Briggs outta there in 6 rounds. This was a 39 year old washed up Shannon Briggs with torn biceps which Vitali faced. Far from a credible challenger.
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This fight clearly demonstrated Vitali lacks one punch power. His Brother, Wlad, would have had Briggs outta there in 6 rounds. This was a 39 year old washed up Shannon Briggs with torn biceps which Vitali faced. Far from a credible challenger.
"I hate Vitali and love Wladimir!" Yes, we get it, Suzie. We get it.
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