HAMBURG, Germany — Vitali Klitschko punished Shannon Briggs for 12 brutal rounds Saturday to retain his WBC heavyweight title with a unanimous decision.
The Ukrainian champion dominated the action but never knocked down the American challenger.
“I am very surprised by how much he took,” Klitschko said. “He’s got a huge heart.”
The judges scored it 120-107, 120-107 and 120-105 for Klitschko, who improved to 41-2. Briggs dropped to 51-6-1.
“I’ve fought George Foreman, I’ve fought Lennox Lewis, and Vitali’s the best,” Briggs said. “He hits harder than Foreman, he’s got incredibly fast hands.
“This was my best fight.”
Klitschko said Briggs deserved “a lot of respect.” read more