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Brooklyn Heavyweight Shannon Briggs Knocked Out In First Loss

March 16, 1996

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) _ Hometown favorite Darroll Wilson scored a stunning third-round knockout Friday over unbeaten heavyweight Shannon Briggs.

Wilson, 29, of Atlantic City, dazed the dreadlocked Brooklyn, N.Y. boxer with a left hook that opened a cut over Briggs’ right eye, then moved in for the finish.

He delivered a crushing left-right-left combination that put Briggs down at 2:17 of the third round. Briggs didn’t get off the canvas for more than a minute.

Wilson, 16-0-2 with 11 knockouts, said he hoped the victory would boost his standing among heavyweights. To date, he had been considered Atlantic City’s other heavyweight, after WBA champion Bruce Seldon.

``It’s not big. It’s not a million-dollar payday,″ he said, jumping up and down in his dressing room afterward.

Briggs, 24, came in with a 25-0 record and 20 knockouts.

He looked like he would add to that mark early on. He rocked Wilson with combinations in the first round. Each time, Wilson’s legs buckled. Each time, he managed to stay up.

``I decided to take my time, to wear him down. And I wore him down,″ Wilson said.

The second round was even, but Wilson’s powerful jabs and patient offensive approach kept Briggs on his heels.

``His manager said I had no power. And I made him pay. Where do you think that power came from,″ Wilson said.

Briggs, who was crying after the fight, was whisked away to a hospital to get his cut stitched. He didn’t talk to reporters.

In the co-feature, unbeaten David Tua (23-0) needed only 19 seconds to knock out John Ruiz of Boston.

Tua, of Auckland, New Zealand, was the aggressor from the bell. He unloaded a huge left hand that stunned Ruiz, then he moved in with a flurry of punches and knocked him out.

Also on the card, Andrew Golota of Chicago posted an eight-round victory over Danell Nicholson of Chicago. The 10-round bout was stopped after eight rounds with Golota ahead on points.

Golota (28-0) dominated from the start in handing Nicholson his second defeat in 26 fights.

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