Expert Sports Picks: Saturday night former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs will face fringe contender Mike Marrone in a 12-round bout from the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Shannon Briggs vs Mike Marrone Odds have Briggs as an overwhelming 100 to 1 favorite with 60% of boxing predictions on the betting favorite. Briggs, 58-6-1, has returned to the ring after a 3 1/2 year retirement to notch an 8-fight winning streak against a host of barely warm bodies. Marrone, 21-4, 15 KO’s, returned from his own 3-year retirement to score a win over an “opponent” in late 2014. Can Briggs score his 8th first round knockout over his last 9 bouts? Our ESPN2 News Experts give away their boxing predictions. Shannon Briggs vs Mike Marrone Odds have Marrone as a +1600 underdog (Bet $100 to win $1600) at BOVADA
Shannon Briggs – Boxer: The 43-year old Brooklyn bomber is a 6’4″ 240 Lb. slab of concrete. Briggs has good handspeed for a heavyweight and is ESPN2 News #15 ranked pound-4-pound puncher. “The Cannon” fights long on offense by shooting his rangy (80″) jab off the hip. Despite his immense frame, Briggs is mobile and deceptively quick cutting off the ring. Briggs has an outstanding trainer in savvy boxing man Milton LaCroix. Briggs has displayed an granite chin throughout his career but older fighters usually suffer more damage from bodyshots, regardless of their size. On the downside, Briggs only fights in spurts, has below-average stamina and a hole in his defense for right hands. Briggs has not faced a “live” opponent since he lost a one-sided decision to former champion Vitali Klitschko in late 2010. Has only fought 18 rounds in his comeback.
Mike Marrone – Boxer: The 6’3″ 230 Lb. Italian from Vero Beach, Florida is no body beautiful. Despite his roly poly like exterior the 29-year old has solid heavyweight power. The former Lou Duva charge is game, tough and takes a decent shot. On the downside, Marrone has only fought once in four years, a close 6-round split decision over an opponent that was 2-10 in his last 12 bouts. For a fighter with Marrone’s experience he is very technically flawed and easy to hit. Marrone is a basic fighter with ordinary speed and athleticism. Marrone does not own a win over a notable opponent in his 11-year pro career.
ESPN2 News Expert Boxing Predictions: Briggs 3rd round KO
Shannon Briggs vs Mike Marrone Tale-Of-The-Tape
Hand Speed/Accuracy: 7/4
Boxing Ability: 6.5/4
Cuts/Injury/Age/Inactivity: Marrone +2
Judges Scoring: Briggs +2
Trainer: Briggs +2
ESPN2 News Shannon Briggs vs Mike Marrone Odds: Briggs -6000