April 28, 2000
On the evening of Thursday, April 27 from the Hammerstein Ballroom located
one block down from the epical setting of Mike Grant's challenge of Lennox
Lewis' World Heavyweight Championship, Madison Square Garden this Saturday in
New York City, hometown favorite Shannon Briggs (32-3-1, 26KOs) lost face
when he dropped an 8-round, majority decision against journeyman, Sedrick
"Big Buck" Fields (10-9, 8KOs).
Cedric Kushner Promotions promoted the bout, a part of Cedric Kushner's
monthly "Heavyweight Explosion" shows from New York City.
The hundreds of fans in attendance were in shock to see Briggs, a former
world heavyweight championship contender, a top-10 opponent, a guy with great
hand coordination, size standing at a tall 6' 2," 242 pounds, be outclassed
by a guy who only has 9 wins in 18 pro-bouts; pushing a 44% knockout
Fields, nonetheless, is no ordinary fighter.
As an amateur, Fields, a 27-year-old native of Augusta, Georgia, won several
Atlanta Golden Glove titles and carried a 28-7 record. Fields has sparred all
over the world. Namely with the Klitschko Bros. (Vitali & Wladimir) in
As a pro, Fields most impressive win came against former heavyweight
prospect, Richard Jackson (22-2). Fields also fought Oleg Maskaev (TKO by 7),
famous for his KO-win against Hasim Rahman last November and lasting eleven
rounds with IBF No. 1 contender, David Tua several years ago. Fields also
went the distance with former 1996 Olympian, Nate Jones (L 8).
"I did not do enough to him," said an excited Fields afterward. "[We] were
going to shave through his dreadlocks, but he escaped. I'm on top of the
world. This is no one time deal."
In the first two rounds, Briggs looked exceptionally well fighting behind
left-jabs and digging deep in to Fields' sternum. Afterwards, an unmotivated
and unfocused Briggs lightened-up dramatically on his shots, as he became the
recipient of too many hooks and overhand shots that swelled-up his face and
cut his bottom lip.
"Determination," according to Fields was the primary motivation behind his
preparation for Briggs. "They told me about his fight two days ago."
At the end of eight rounds of action, the three judges at ringside scored the
bout 76-76 (even), 76-75 (twice) for Fields.
"I have two daughters, one is three the other is two. I have a fiancÚ.' They
were in there with me tonight. I live right. I don't smoke, don't drink,"
As for Briggs, 28, Brooklyn, New York, this loss really puts him in the hot
seat. After having gone the distance with George Foreman (W 12), Frans Botha
(D 12) and stopped in March 1998 against Lewis where he nearly KO'd the WBC
champ in the first 10 seconds of the bout, the loss to Fields is a slap in
the face to Briggs' management team, friends, fans, and most importantly his
In fact, the loss to Fields was worse than his third round TKO defeat to
Darroll Wilson in March 1996. At least Wilson was undefeated.
This is a travesty!