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TOMASZ ADAMEK DEFEATED PAUL BRIGGS v MAY 21 - POST FIGHT MEDIA

Poland’s Tomasz Adamek captured the vacant WBC light heavyweight title with a majority decision over Australia’s Paul Briggs on the Brewster-Golota card in Chicago. Officially, the judges scored it 117-113, 115-113 and 114-114.

 

PAUL BRIGGS v TOMASZ ADAMEK MAY 21 - PRE FIGHT MEDIA

 

DON KING SIGNS PAUL BRIGGS



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 2, 2004 Australian Paul Briggs Signs with Don King

WBC No. 1 Light Heavyweight Contender Signs with Promoter for First Time

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla.-World Boxing Council No.1-rated 175-pound contender Paul Briggs signed a promotional agreement with Don King Productions today.

This is the first time Briggs has signed with a promoter.
"I have shunned all offers from promoters for the last three years,"

Briggs said from King's South Florida office, "because I wanted to become the No.1 light heavyweight mandatory challenger to make sure I would be a top priority for any promoter.
"Aligning myself with the most powerful promoter in the world in Don King is a great move for me," the Australian now living in Pomona, Calif., under the training guidance of Jack Mosley said. "I have been highly impressed with Don King and his accomplishments, but I am also impressed with his team, many of whom have been with him for decades. It says a lot about Don and his company."
King was also enthusiastic about inking Briggs.
"I am thrilled about signing another Australian in Paul Briggs, who will join his fellow Australian Kali "Checkmate" Meehan in our DKP team of fighters," King said. The Honorable John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia, is a staunch ally of America and George Walker Bush, so I am very pleased and proud one of his countrymen, a great fighter and future world champion Paul Briggs, chose me to be his first promoter."
Briggs, 29, boasts a professional ring record of 23-1, with 17 knockouts. He has defeated boxers ranked in the WBC top 10 in four of his last five fights. He has also been victorious in his last two appearances, both of which were world title elimination bouts.
Briggs had planned to face undisputed light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver as Briggs is Tarver's WBC mandatory challenger, and King had won a purse bid in Phuket, Thailand at the WBC annual convention to promote the fight. Although it is expected that Tarver will fight Glencoffee Johnson on Dec. 18 in Los Angeles, the WBC has given Tarver until Friday to sign the contract to fight Briggs.
This is not the first time Briggs has faced losing Tarver as an opponent.
Tarver defeated Montell Griffin to win the WBC and International Boxing Federation 175-pound titles, and Briggs hoped to fight him, but Tarver opted to face Roy Jones, Jr., a fight he lost in November 2003 before knocking Jones out in an immediate rematch on May 15.
BRIGGS v TARVER may be IN DUBAI JANUARY 1 - Still unconfirmed, the Hurricane may sign with Don King MORE SOON

MOSLEY-TARVER BETTER NOT TAKE BRIGGS LIGHTLY
BRIGGS WANTS TARVER RIGHT NOW
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[Paul Upham-Seconds Out]
BRIGGS DEFEATS DREWS - EYES WBC TITLE
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TAYLOR, NDOU, SOLIMAN, HUSSEIN WINNERS
Paul Briggs will head to America to prepare for his world title shot after surviving the first knockdown of his professional career to win against Jesus Ruiz .... MORE [Fox]
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"SPEED IS THE KEY"
[A.J. Cocks - DOGHOUSE]

BRIGGS OPENS FIRE

BRIGGS SIGNS WITH GOLDEN BOY

WBC No.2 Paul “Hurricane” Briggs, 21-1 (17), will face 30 year-old WBC No.8 Jesus Ruiz, 18-3 (16), in a WBC light heavyweight eliminator at the Panthers World of Entertainment in Western Sydney, Australia on March 7 promoted by Talentworks and Blaster Promotions.
MORE...[Paul Upham-Seconds Out]

 

PAUL BRIGGS INTERVIEW:
I FEEL I WIL DEFINITELY BE CHAMPION THIS YEAR - NO MATTER WHO I FIGHT!

Australia’s rampaging Hurricane, WBC number two Lt Heavyweight Paul Briggs headlines an all star cast at the Penrith Panthers Leagues Cub in West Sydney on Sunday afternoon when he faces Mexico’s WBC number eight Jesus ‘Chuy’ Ruiz.

Eastside spoke to the twenty eight year old Briggs (21-1, 17 KO) at his Gold Cost home on Monday night and he was as personable as ever as he spoke of his strong desire to make 2004 the year he becomes world champion while acknowledging he has been warned not to overlook Ruiz, 30, who has 16 KO’s in his 18-3 slate. Briggs and Ruiz were tentatively set to meet on the Mayweather-Chavez u/c in San Francisco in November 2001. Paul, who was working out of Freddie Roach’s Wild Card gym ended up stoping California’s James Green in three.

OPBF champion Briggs, who intends to base himself in the states after this weekends schedule twelve rounder flies to Sydney on Thursday. Ruiz, who has three stoppage victories on the trot, arrives today (Tuesday). Briggs was last in action scoring a five round stoppage of lanky Argentine Juan Zabala at the Panthers in October.

In knowing Briggs well since he resumed his boxing career under trainer Rod Waterhouse in 2000, one thing should be pointed out. This is not a cocky loud mouth. But a confident, real fighter type willing to back up his words. Every answer is deliberate. Here’s what he had to say.

Eastside: Paul, what do you know of Jesus Ruiz and what are you expecting?

Paul Briggs: We have been hearing reports from the states this guy is coming with a plan. He says I can’t handle pressure and he thinks I’m vunerable to body shots. That’s ok. They all have a plan though I’m rapt he is coming in with a winners attitude. I just think my speed and all round skill will be the difference. I’ve studied his record over and over and every time he has stepped up in competition it’s a different story. That’s something I picked up from my kick-boxing days. Some guys can’t take that leap. (Ruiz’ three losses were back to back in 2000-01 against Jorge Gonzales, Montell Griffin and Rodney Toney though he did stop the rated Glen Robinson in 2000).

ESB: How has your preparation been?

PB: Great. I’m feeling awesome, raring to go. I’m super fit for this fight.
Fitter than when I beat Jorge Castro (last April). With Castro I was fit but this time I’m stronger and faster. My speed will be the difference.
Because I’m punching faster my power is even better. People know I can punch but I can box as well, like I showed against Castro.

ESB: Who have you been sparring?

PB: I had some great sparring last week. I got some great work in with Danny Green until he injured his shoulder. We really went at it and it was just what I needed to get ready for this fight. At one stage we were in a corner smashing away and yelling ‘come on’ at each other. You could sell tickets to our spars. It really clicked my head into gear. I’m very lucky to have Danny here to spar. .I also got good rounds with Lawrence (Tuasa)
and Shannan (Taylor).

ESB: This is a terrific card….

PB. It’s going to be an awesome card. It will go forever. You have so many world rated Australian fighters being shown. It will be great for TV.

ESB: What is your opinion on RoyJones - AntonioTarver?

PB: I honestly don’t think it will happen. I don’t think with Tarver he has anything to prove. Because he hates Tarver I think it will hurt him more by not giving him the fight. It’ll be interesting to see (what happens). We know there is talk between him and Glencoffee Johnson. The plan for me is to fight Ruiz then get over there and fight Tarver on the Oscar Dela Hoya under-card in June. It all depends on what Jones decides to do. But right now, the only person on my radar is Jesus Ruiz.

ESB: You were WBC number one before Tarver lost the title to Jones…

PB: Yes. That is why this fight with Ruiz is so good. He is number eight and it’s showing that I want to fight. I want to get in a position where these guys have to fight me. You know, I really want to prove to the Yanks that I’m a threat. I don’t want to sit around. There is a lot of press in the States for this fight. A lot of people are looking at me to be the one who shuts Tarver up because he has such a big mouth. You know, with Tarver I saw something in the Jones fight. The fight was there for him to win but he didn’t go for it. I will make him fight. There are a lot of good fights to be made in the division with Johnson or Calzaghe. Even Trinidad is talking of moving up…I can’t wait to get to the states and start rockin’ n rollin’!

ESB: There are reports you have signed with Oscar Dela Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Ruiz is one of their fighters. Fill us in.

PB: We have not signed officially yet. We wanted to get something in concrete before this fight but they said, no, wait until after. Then Oscar sent out a press release which is a show of good faith. It’s all looking good but I have to beat Ruiz first. There’s a lot on the line in this fight.

ESB: Getting away from boxing for a bit. You said earlier you went to watch the Passions of Christ. Your thoughts?

PB: I went last night. It was awesome. Very real. A lot of people are saying it was violent but that is how it was. What I liked was it was so passionate. How He kept getting up. That is what I liked and what I appreciate. I will go and watch it again before the fight.

ESB: A final word?

PB: Yes. It doesn’t matter what Jesus Ruiz has done, how hard he has trained. Nothing is going to stop me from winning on Sunday. I feel I will definitely be champion this year-no matter who I fight and I’m looking forward to dominating the division.

The undercard for Sundays show, televised live on Main Event PPV and Sky Channel is Shannan Taylor (Aus) v Paulo Sanchez (Arg) 12rds Lovemore Ndou (Aus) v Joel Perez (USA) 12rds Sam Soliman (Aus) v Jorge Sclandari (Arg) 12rds Brett Smith v Tosca Petridis (vacant Australian Cruiserweight belt) 10rds Nedal Hussein (Aus) v Donny Suratin (Indo) 8rds Yohannas Sherifaw (Aus) v Diego Alzugaray (Arg) 8rds Paul Miller (Aus) v Peter Rudd (Aus) 6rds Promoters: Glenn Wheatley and Tony Carradonna.
First fight: 12.30 pm NSW time.

...TONY NOBBS for Eastside Boxing

"HURRICANE" BRIGGS ON TRACK

Australian light heavyweight terror Paul "Hurricane" Briggs continues to gather force as he surges ever closer to his long sought after matchup with former world titlist Antonio Tarver.
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BRIGGS NOW READY FOR WORLD TITLE SHOT
- Paul Upham, Seconds Out
BRIGGS TUNES UP FOR WBC ELIMINATOR - Paul Upham, Seconds Out
Doors open for battling Briggs

By PAUL KENT - Daily Telegraph, November 14, 2003

THE International Boxing Federation has made a late bid to snatch Paul Briggs from the World Boxing Council in what shapes as a win-win situation for the Gold Coast fighter.

After years of frustration as he tried to manoeuvre for a title shot, Briggs now faces an almost embarrassment of riches. He has until this afternoon to decide whether to accept an IBF offer to fight Glen "Coffee" Johnson for the vacant title, after receiving the offer late Wednesday, or whether to fight for the WBC title early next year.

If he chooses to remain with the WBC, where he has campaigned heavily, Briggs will face either Croation Stipe Drews or beaten American Antonio Tarver.

The former champion, Tarver lost to Roy Jones Jr last Sunday in an unconvincing win that prompted Jones to move immediately back up to heavyweight and vacate the title.

Tarver has been arguing his performance against Jones was enough to retain a No. 1 ranking, pitting him against Briggs.

"Antonio Tarver is crying like a whingeing girl, like he usually does, saying he was robbed and he should be the mandatory," Briggs says.

Tarver's complaints have done enough to unsettle the WBC, which has prompted Briggs' considerations of the IBF offer. It certainly has intrigued Briggs.

Initially a fight for the vacant title was supposed to take place between Clinton Woods and Johnson, but it was postponed after Woods was injured in training.

The IBF quickly stepped in to offer Briggs the fight.

"I'd prefer to stay loyal and fight for the WBC title, but it really comes down to what the WBC is going to do," Briggs said.

"I've got 24 hours to make a decision with the IBF." Briggs will make his decision this afternoon after his trainer and manager, Rod Waterhouse, has spoken to their agent in Las Vegas. While he is likely to knock back the IBF offer and stick with the original plan, Briggs is confident he will be champion by early next year.

Despite Tarver's showing against Jones, the American now looms as the preferred choice. "I'd rather fight Tarver than Stipe Drews," Briggs said. "I just want to smash him. He's a whingeing big mouth, one of these guys who thinks he is better than he is.

"It's also better for me, with him being the man who just gave Roy Jones a good show, if I can go over there and knock him out. "If I knock out Stipe Drews they would say 'who the hell is Stipe Drews'. It's nobody unless you're knocking out their guys."


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