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Briggs keeps streak alive, KOs Marrone in the second round

AP, HOLLYWOOD, Florida

Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs knocked out Mike Marrone in the second round on Saturday night.

Briggs, 43, (56-6-1, 52 KOs) has eight straight victories since returning to the ring in April last year after a four-year absence. He outclassed Marrone (21-6) from the opening seconds of the scheduled 10-round bout at Seminole Hard Rock Live arena.

Late in the first round, Briggs floored Marrone with a right to the head. Utilizing a lead left jab, Briggs continued to back up Marrone and scored with a right to the head and left to the body that sent Marrone to the canvas a second time. Marrone could not beat the count and the fight was stopped at 2 minutes, 52 seconds.

Briggs took the ring microphone after the fight and challenged current champion Wladimir Klitschko, who sat at ringside. Klitschko and other heavyweight champions of the past 30 years attended the bout.

Other former heavyweight champions who attended the fight included Larry Holmes, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis and Vitali Klitschko, who pummeled Briggs in a 12-round decision in 2010 that resulted in Briggs’ lengthy absence.

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