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Shannon Briggs - Let's Go Champ


Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs, is a former two time world heavyweight champion boxer. He began his career in 1992 and was undefeated in his first 25 fights, before going on to beat George Foreman for the heavyweight title in 1997. Today, he has become synonymous with his mantra “Let’s Go Champ” which inspires and motivates people of all ages, from around the world, and it is an honour to welcome Shannon to London Real.

Shannon Briggs, born on December 4, 1971 in Brooklyn, New York, has left an indelible mark on the world of professional boxing. At the start of his career, Shannon quickly gained attention for his formidable power and tenacity. His rise through the ranks culminated in 1997 when he faced off against Foreman for the lineal heavyweight title. Briggs secured a unanimous decision victory, marking a significant milestone in his career and establishing himself as a formidable force in the heavyweight division.

In 2006, Shannon Briggs claimed the WBO heavyweight title by defeating Siarhei Liakhovich. The victory made Briggs a two-time heavyweight champion, underscoring his resilience and determination to reclaim the championship spotlight. Briggs’s powerful punching and relentless style made him a formidable opponent, earning him respect within the boxing community.

Briggs’s career, however, was not without setbacks. Like many athletes, he faced personal and professional challenges, including periods of inactivity and controversial moments. Despite these obstacles, Briggs showcased a remarkable ability to come back stronger. His comebacks demonstrated not only physical resilience but also a mental fortitude that captivated fans and fellow fighters alike.

Beyond the boxing ring, Shannon Briggs has embraced the role of a motivational speaker and mentor. Drawing on his own life experiences, including overcoming adversity and mental health struggles, Briggs has inspired audiences to persevere in the face of challenges. His speaking engagements often touch on topics such as resilience, mental toughness, and the importance of a positive mindset, resonating with individuals seeking motivation in various aspects of their lives.

Briggs’s infectious enthusiasm and charismatic personality gained widespread attention with his “Let’s Go Champ” campaign. The catchphrase, often accompanied by his signature chant, became a rallying cry for fans and a symbol of Briggs’s relentless pursuit of success. The campaign went viral on social media, solidifying Briggs’s status as a fan-favourite and showcasing his ability to connect with audiences outside the traditional boxing arena.

Shannon Briggs’s impact extends beyond the statistics and titles. His journey serves as a testament to the resilience and determination required to navigate the challenging landscape of professional sports. Briggs’s willingness to share his personal struggles and triumphs has endeared him to fans and positioned him as a source of inspiration for those facing their own challenges.

Even as he approaches his fifties, Shannon Briggs has expressed a desire for a comeback, demonstrating an enduring passion for the sport that has defined much of his life. Whether or not he steps back into the ring, Briggs’s influence as a motivational figure and mentor remains strong. His legacy transcends victories and titles, embodying the spirit of perseverance that defines the sport of boxing.

Shannon Briggs’s journey in professional boxing is a story of resilience, triumph, and personal growth. From his early days as a rising star to becoming a two-time heavyweight champion, Briggs has faced challenges head-on and emerged stronger. His influence as a motivational speaker and mentor further solidifies his legacy as an inspirational figure in and outside the boxing world. As fans continue to rally behind the iconic “Let’s Go Champ” mantra, Shannon Briggs remains a symbol of unwavering determination and the indomitable spirit of a true champion.


00:00 | Trailer
02:55 Brian’s thoughts on the episode
05:49 Brian’s introduction
06:19 Shannon enjoys coming to the hottest place for boxing
11:52 Shannon has learnt to market himself and provide for his family
14:01 The childhood that gave him the heart for Klitschko fight and to rise again as the Let’s Go Champ
18:01 Life after the twelve-round fight with Klitschko led to deep depression and piling on the weight
30:12 The baby daughter who helped towards his recovery
34:09 From homelessness to fame on TV within weeks
45:41 Cannabis experience gave him the vision he needed
56:28 What “Let’s go champ” means to him
58:22 What he says, from his experience, to people who have family members who are addicts
1:05:37 Rap music was great, but now the words celebrate the negative and worthless aspirations in life
1:11:47 There’s a downside to a fight with Shannon and sugar is not the only thing he’s cutting out of his life
1:22:05 We are all super heroes, we are all superheroes to be alive
1:22:45 Is he surprised at the Champ’s world wide appeal
1:26:14 Why he would like to fight another ten fights
1:28:01 Forget Xanax, find the strength inside, Shannon tells how, “let’s go Champ”
1:31:18 If just one person, after listening to him, can make the move to improve their life, he will be happy
1:36:51 Shannon’s daily routine
1:39:05 The best and worst days of his life
1:43:28 What scares him
1:44:12 What we would be surprised to know about Shannon
1:47:53 What keeps him awake at night
1:49:06 Telephone call to the 20 years old Shannon Briggs
1:54:54 Best advice he ever received
2:00:41 Success secrets
2:02:26 Brian’s summing up.


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