Daily News from New York, New York on May 11, 1992 · 56
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Daily News from New York, New York · 56

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Monday, May 11, 1992
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'Ill - " i , :1 1 , .,Vv , T-U.---.5.' JXV. .. 0 .... - 1 X i w FISTS OF THE FUTURE: Brooklyn heavyweight Shannon Bnggs will bring new blood to heavyweight ranks when his amateur days are done. hahrymamburq daily news Prospect TT TT THAT THE heavyweight division needs bad-' 1 ly today are scouts out on tne prowl looking . V for fresh talent With this in mind, I am proclaiming myself "chief New York scout," with the promise of reporting on prospects. In this day, when the pickings are slim in the heavyweight ranks, I've already found one worth looking at He is Shannon grows in 3B roo. klyn BOXING BILL GALLO Briggs, a 20-year-old, 6-4 Brooklyn product who sports a Yan-nick Noah hairdo and boxes pretty well. Briggs is an amateur with his sights fixed on gold, both in the Olympics and in the professional ranks. "If I can win the gold medal in Barcelona this July, I'll be on my way to the big ger gold, after I turn pro in September," says this confident kid who has compiled a 32-3 amateur record (18 KOs). "The Prospect" (his nickname until a better one comes along) has won two national titles and was the winner of the 1991 Daily News Golden Gloves super-heavyweight division. His attorney and adviser, Mike Marley, a former boxing columnist, put it in perspective: "First he'll compete in the (Olympic) trials June 10-14 in Worcester, Mass. If he wins those, he goes to the box-off in Phoenix on June 26." What all this amounts to is that Briggs must win a THE ASSOCIATED PRESS total of six bouts in order to make the flight to Barcelona. "I see it happening," Marley say. "Hey, so it . won't easy! But as I tell him, 'No pain, no Spain. " I took a good look at "The Prospect" on a tape, where he goes three good rounds against a 30-year- old career amateur with a total of 360 bouts. You get a good picture of Briggs, against someone with much more experience. Here you see a natural athletic talent with all the rudiments of a very good fighter. As do most amateurs, you see him tire in the last (third) round, but he wins handily. He impresses. Talk to this serious young man and he fields questions in a direct manner. Here are some he handled nicely: What do you think of today's crop of heavyweights? "Nothing- compared to the heavyweights of years ago. I'm a student of boxing and the old-timers were better. I'm thinking of people like Joe Louis, Rocky Mardano and Muhammad Mi." How do you rate the current champion, Evander Holyfield? "Not much; he can be beaten." What about Mike Tyson? "He was good, the best around today. But even he couldn't be in there with the old-time greats." ' Did you ever meet Tyson? "No but I heard he saw me fight and he said I wasn't much." Did you feel insulted because he said that? "No, I felt like it was a compliment that he should even comment on my performance." We'll keep an eye on "The Prospect" and keep you posted as to his developement I may be wrong, but I feel there's a pretty good fighter here. LAS VEGAS Terry Norris used to have Mel-drick Taylor's respect. Now he has his admiration. After getting stopped in the fourth round Saturday night by Norris, Taylor offered one champion's opinion of another. "He should be considered the greatest fighter in the world," Taylor said. "He's a great champion." Norris indeed looked every bit the part in dismantling Taylor, finally stopping him with five seconds left in the fourth round to retain his WBC super welterweight title. It was a performance made all the more convincing by the fact Taylor is a champion himself, still the holder of the WBA welterweight title. "I'm used to winning all my fights," Taylor said. 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