White Wolf Shot Down by the Cannon
Sergei Liakovich vs Shannon Briggs
WBO Heavyweight Championship
Story & Photos By Sean Sweeney
New Heavyweight Champion of the world Shannon Briggs stuck by his word and brought the title back to America with one of the most explosive final rounds in heavyweight history.
With all the trash talk before hand, fans expected the stadium to be set a light, but for 11 rounds this was not to be.
The fight started at a snail pace with Briggs taking it by being the aggressor. However, the remaining ten rounds both fighters remained cautious with nobody really taking control. This brought boos from the expectant crowd.
Going into the final round fans expected the same old from both fighters. Sergei was up on points by the judges and found himself in a comfort zone. Briggs on the other hand knew he had to pull something out the bag with constant reminders from his corner that he losing the fight. Both fighters started the final round cautiously, exchanging a few a combos. Briggs began to take control and landed a flurry of unanswered punches and knocked the champion down in the corner. Sergei struggled to stand and used the ropes for support. The referee let a dazed looking Liakovich continue giving him the benefit of the doubt knowing that he was winning the fight still. Briggs immediately went on the attack, and Sergei was unable to respond, falling through the ropes and onto the judges table. Briggs became the first heavyweight champion in Phoenix.
Juan Diaz vs Fernando Angulo
WBA Lightweight Championship
Diaz remained unbeaten and retained his WBA lightweight
title in an explosive bout at the Arizona Diamond Backs
Stadium. Angulo started the fight the brighter, going
straight on the attack and claiming some of the earlier
rounds. By the 6th round Diaz found his range, and began
to dictate the pace of the fight as Angulo struggled to
land the shots. Diaz started to connect with some strong
jabs and straight rights. Some late flurries from Angulo
was not enough in the judges eyes, to take the title
away from the champ. The judges rightly scored a