Shannon Briggs says he's fine - His Left arm injury is his most serious problem

Two-time Heavyweight World Champion and recent title challenger Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs wants to assure fans he will be just fine after his courageous performance against Vitali Klitschko on Saturday in Hamburg, Germany.

"Thank you all for your concern. Your outpouring of support has helped maintain my spirits through this disappointing period. I want to let you all know that I came to the hospital Saturday night, strictly as a precautionary measure, and after several tests the doctors concluded there were no severe head injuries. However, I am still undergoing tests to determine what kind of surgery I will need on my left bicep because of an injury I suffered in the first round of the fight.

Unfortunately, the injury kept me from fully executing my fight plan. Not to take anything away from the brilliant performance by Vitali Klitschko on Saturday night, but had I not injured my arm so early on, who knows how the fight would have concluded?

We are grateful to the fine doctors and people of Hamburg for the excellent care and support they've given me thus far. And as a life long asthmatic, I'm truly grateful to Dr. Charles Hensley and his homeopathic formulation Zivair that helped make it possible to go 12 rounds and compete for the WBC title.

As witnessed Saturday night and throughout my career, I never gave up, even when my breathing was out of order and the arm injury kept me from being 100%. Despite prior reports, throughout the contest my trainer, Herman Caicedo, wanted to stop the fight, but I made it clear that stopping was not an option. Thank you for all of your support and hopefully I showed you the heart of a lion and the perseverance of a champion."

Article posted on 19.10.2010

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