He was in way over his head, a decade, at least, past his prime. But no one can say Shannon Briggs simply went to Hamburg to pick up a payday against Vitali Klitschko. No one can repeat now what was whispered by some coming into the WBC title defense on Saturday, that Briggs was there merely to lay down, and pick up some extra moolah to pad his retirement fund.

No, Briggs ate too many long rights on the chin, too many lance-like jabs on his noggin, for anyone to deride his character on this night. The ref or his corner couldve stopped the one-sided slaughter on several occasions, but chose not to. So the final bell tolled, and the judges rendered a most evident conclusion: that the 39-year-old Klitschko was the better man, unanimously, by scores of 120-107, 120-107, 120-105.

Weve likely seen the last of Briggs, who was working on at least his second last chance. Klitschkos right hand couldnt make the 38-year-old Briggs drop and stay down on the canvas, and as our pal Johnny Bos put forth on Thursday, it looks like his power is a notch or two less than it was before he went on hiatus in 2003.

Vitali rises to 41-2 with the win, and Briggs, who turns 39 on December 4, is 51-6.

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[url=http://www.cdb.tv/cmb-entregara-cinturon-conmemorativo-a-ganador-canelo-vs-chavez] CMB entregar? cintur?n conmemorativo -El [url=http://www.wbcboxing.com/wbcesp/noticias/10980-cinturones-conmemorativos-por-el-aniverario-54-del-wbc]Consejo Mundial de Boxeo (CMB) entregara un cintur?n conmemorativo al ganador de la pelea entre los Mexicanos Sa?l “Canelo” ?lvarez y Julio C?sar Ch?vez Jr. El anunci? indica que para las peleas m?s destacada del fin de semana del 5 de mayo y del 16 de septiembre se otorgar? el cintur?n denominado “Don Adolfo L?pez Mateos” y el primero ser? para el vencedor del duelo entre Saul “Canelo” Alvarez y Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., el 6 de mayo en la T-Mobile Arena de Las Vegas, en un peso pactado en las 164.5 libras. El dise?o pertenece a los Indios Huicholes, quienes har?n su ritual y tomar?n sus decisiones para realizar el cintur?n definitivo.