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Friday, June 10, 2005
Briggs takes care of business on FNF

By German Villasenor

At the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, N.Y., one-time WBC heavyweight title challenger Shannon Briggs (42-4-1, 36 KOs) made a statement by destroying previously undefeated Ghanaian Abraham Okine (14-1, 8 KOs) in three rounds on "Friday Night Fights" on ESPN2.

The athletic Briggs started quick, letting his quick jabs and combinations go -- a tactic that got him two early first-round knockdowns, leaving Okine on extremely rubbery legs. Add the fact that Okine didn't have any kind of defense to speak of, and it was easy target practice, as Briggs had his opponent in severe trouble at the bell.

Okine somehow got through the second round, managing to get a few punches in, as he attempted to counterpunch while still on rubbery legs.

The end came in the third round, as Briggs unleashed three hooking lefts and a big right hand to the chin, which sent Okine crashing to the canvas. Okine made it to his feet but the bout was stopped at 54 seconds of the third round.

Okine opened a cut above Briggs' left eye in the first round.

"I didn't even know I was cut until the ref halted the fight," Briggs said. "I just looked at him kind of confused because I didn't fell anything."

Narh shoots Logan down in one
Lanky lightweight "Sugar" Ray Narh (14-1, 13 KOs) stopped Donnell Logan with two half-uppercut shots to the body and a short overhand right to the head, dropping him for good at 2:53 of the first round.

Green decisions Sloan in four
Joe Greene (6-0, 5 KOs) used his southpaw stance effectively to defeat Aundalen Sloan (6-17-2, 3 KOs) in a six-round battle of wide punching middleweights.

Teron stops Medrano in three
Six-foot lightweight Jorge Teron (2-0, 2 KOs) got his second professional win as he clobbered a game Edwin Medrano (0-1) in the corner, prompting a stoppage by the referee at 1:09 of the third round.

Shane Mosley, Lamon Brewster, Diego Corrales, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Terry Norris, Emile Griffith, Bobby Chacon, Angelo Dundee, Juan Diaz and Tommy Morrison were among the boxing luminaries who were on hand to watch the ESPN2 fight card, which is part of the annual Boxing Hall Of Fame weekend.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.