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In March 1998, Lennox Lewis defended his WBC world heavyweight title against Shannon Briggs at Caesars Palace in Atlantic City.

Briggs had beat George Foreman to earn his shot, Lewis had just come off a devastating Ko win over Andrew Golota and was waiting for a unification bout with Evander Holyfield.

The fight with Briggs was a classic and a brave Briggs put up a gallant effort, but the British boxer was too good, too big and too powerful for the American and Lewis stopped him in the 5th.

Briggs went on to eventually claim the WBO version of the title and had a good career before losing his belt and then unsuccessfully challenging Vitali Klitschko in 2010.

Briggs has recently made a comeback at the age of 44 and arrived in the UK, looking to revive his career here. He fought on the last David Haye bill at the O2 scoring a first round KO and he is expected to take on Haye later this year.

Lewis retired in 2003, as the undisputed champion, he beat everyman he ever faced, avenging his two career losses over Oliver McCall and Hasim Rahman and ending his career with a win over his heavyweight successor Vitali Klitschko. Lewis remains one of the best heavyweights of all time and a British boxing legend.

Enjoy the fight video above, more classic fights coming soon. – Watch more here.

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