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Briggs to Battle Goodridge in April 30th K-1 "Battle At The Bellagio II" Superfight
Written By Michael Afromowitz
muaythaimes@aol.com

Fresh off his K-1 martial arts fighting debut victory, former linear heavyweight boxing champion, Shannon Briggs, will make his second start in "The New Fighting Sport" when he faces Gary Goodridge in a three-round K-1 Superfight during the Friday, April 30th, Pay-Per-View televised K-1 "Battle At The Bellagio II" extravaganza at Las Vegas, Nevada’s Bellagio Hotel and Casino.

Shannon Briggs (left) vs. Tom Erikson
Briggs vs. Erikson

On March 27th, the 32-year-old Briggs (40-4-1 (34 KO’s) wasted little time in seizing his first K-1 win when he squared off with American martial arts fight veteran, Tom Erikson, at Saitama, Japan’s Saitama Super Arena. At the 1:02 mark of the opening round, the boxer floored Erikson with a sharp left-right punch combination. Erikson attempted to rise to his feet, but failed to beat the referee’s 10-count.

Goodridge (37-18 (27 KO’s), a nine-year veteran of the martial arts fight game, will return to Las Vegas K-1 competition for the third straight year. On August 17, 2002, the 38-year-old powerhouse shocked the world by exploding all over longtime K-1 superstar and former World Boxing Federation (WBF) Heavyweight Champion, Mike Bernardo, with a flurry of punches that earned him a technical knockout win only a minute and thirty-eight seconds into the first round of the K-1 Bellagio Hotel and Casino Superfight. Goodridge is also a former Canadian amateur boxing champion.

A native of Brooklyn, New York’s Brownsville section that was also the childhood home of former heavyweight champions, "Iron" Mike Tyson and Riddick Bowe, Briggs is best remembered for his November 22, 1997 12-round judges’ decision victory over boxing legend, George Foreman. Briggs’ skills have been showcased on nearly every major cable television network that airs boxing, including HBO, Showtime Network, ESPN, Madison Square Garden Network (MSG), and USA Network. His remarkable run that saw him win his first 25 professional contests garnered him coverage in leading sports and lifestyle publications, including Sports Illustrated, Vogue, and Vibe. MTV, CNN, and FOX Sports Network have all featured the fighter as a guest. During a recent interview on the popular NBC Network talk show "Last Call With Carson Daly," Briggs issued a challenge to Tyson.

A man of many talents, Briggs has dabbled with careers in hip-hop recording, modeling, and acting. Last year, he made his silver screen debut in the Hollywood hit, "Bad Boys II," that co-starred Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.


From the event’s promoter:


SPORTFIGHT:
International MMA Event


Randy "The Natural" Couture and Matt "The Law" Lindland are proud to announce the biggest mixed martial arts (MMA) intercontinental championship event in the history of the Pacific Northwest. On the evening of April 17th at the domed sports arena on the campus of Mt. Hood Community College, SPORTFIGHT "The Ultimate Evolution of One on One Combat" presents a huge evening of power, speed and skill.

Randy "The Natural" Couture is the only fighter in UFC history to hold three championship titles and was recently selected by fans as the UFC’s #1 Fighter of All Time. Matt "The Law" Lindland is a 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist and UFC Fighting Legend. Together they operate Team Quest MMA Club in Gresham and with SPORTFIGHT they bring the competitive world of MMA to the Pacific Northwest.

To highlight the international nature of the sport, two world-renowned fighters from Brazil will be on the April 17th card. In the main event powerful Carlos Baruch will go head to head against UFC veteran Benji Radach and in a featured match Glover Pexiera will attempt to take the SPORTFIGHT Light-Heavyweight Intercontinental Championship title from local phenomenon Matt Horwich. In other matches, Dennis Davis defends his Intercontinental Lightweight Championship title against Jeremy Saunders and Chris Leben puts his Intercontinental Middleweight Championship belt on the line against Justin Hawes.

SPORTFIGHT is sanctioned and regulated by the Oregon Boxing Commission. Advanced tickets are available through TicketsWest.com or by calling 800-992-8499. Press Credentials and interviews with Randy "The Natural" Couture and Matt "The Law" Lindland are available upon request.

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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