The 42 year-old made it four one-round knockouts from five wins since his devastating loss to Vitali Klitschko in 2010 by pummelling Phelps into submission to inflict a seventh defeat on the Kentucky fighter.
Briggs moved his record to an impressive 56-6-1 and is just one stoppage away from scoring the 50th KO of his career, although ‘The Cannon’ will have to step up his opposition considerably to once against be a force in the division.
Elsewhere in Atlantic City, former welterweight contender Mike Jones was left devastated after retiring on his stool once seven rounds of his comeback fight were completed against Jaime Herrera at Bally’s.
Jones, 31, had taken two years off following his IBF title defeat to Randall Bailey in June 2012, but shockingly went down against little-known Herrera – who pushed his own record to 12-2 with his greatest triumph to date.
Where ‘M.J’ goes from here is anyone’s guess right now as the once promising operator is forced to go back to the drawing board and contemplate where he takes his ailing career next.
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