There was a disappointing lack of Heavyweight action this past Saturday, though there was actually just a lack of action through out the day regardless of weight.
In North Carolina fans got the chance to see the heavy handed Shannon Briggs (56-6-1, 49) continue his "bum of the month" competition as he made very light work of the under-sized Cory Phelps (16-7-1, 8). Phelps, who really isn't a Heavyweight, was blasted out inside a round as Briggs defended the NABA and interim WBC Latino Heavyweight titles. We know Briggs is expecting to get a world title fight but instead we feel he deserves ridicule for these type of fights. If he wants to call out the champion he should earn a shot the old fashioned way, by beating contenders, not beating people we'd fancy our chances against.
Another American who picked up a win was the heavy handed and relatively promising Joe Cusumano (8-1, 6). Cusumano, whose only loss has come to Daniel Martz, took a second round KO against the usually durable Randy Easton (2-4-1, 2). For Easton this was his first stoppage loss whilst Cusumano scored his 6th straight win and put the loss to Martz well behind him.
In another US bout the debuting Antonio Pugh (0-0-1) fought to a draw with Lonnie Kornegay (1-11-2) in what will be a disappointing start to Pugh's career. The bout, a majority draw, ended a 6 fight losing streak from Kornegay which began back in 2011.