Briggs' first heavyweight title defense canceled

Originally Published: February 13, 2007
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Shannon Briggs, suffering from a form of pneumonia, withdrew from his mandatory heavyweight title defense against Sultan Ibragimov on Monday.


"I'm not doing too good," a tired-sounding Briggs told ESPN.com. "To me, this was almost $2 million. I'm sick about it. I'm destroyed over this. It was an easy payday for me. Hopefully, we can push it back to May or June and I will be better."

Briggs, who also has had a career-long battle with asthma, was to make his first title ...

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