Straight, No Chaser — Thoughts on Fighters With Paralyzing Punches

Straight, No Chaser

“It is not often that a person in any line of work gets a chance to work with a legend [Emanuel Steward], well I was privileged enough to work with one for almost a decade. I will miss our time together. The long talks about boxing, the world, and life itself. Most of all I will miss our friendship—Wladimir Klitschko

Recently on the Broner-Theopane undercard, lightweight Robert Easter Jr. (17-0) showed why he’s a rising star with a devastating KO in the 5th round over former world champion Algenis Mendez (23-4-1)). The ending brought the crowd to its feet as the tall and lean youngster took out Mendez with a straight right that reminded onlookers of Thomas Hearns and his snappy one-punch knockouts.

And that’s the thing,—memories of “The Hit Man” brought back memories of the great trainer Emanuel Steward and his ability to give meaning to the phrase “Straight, No Chaser.” When Tommy took out Pipino Cuevas with his jackhammer right, it was the precursor to many more including the shockers that sedated James Shuler and Roberto Duran. But it didn’t end with Tommy. Still to come was Lennox Lewis and his poleax of a long right that rarely required a follow-up if it landed flush.  Then, in 2012, Emanuel was training heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko, another who possessed a long right hand howitzer, when a grave illness forced him to take a leave of absence from training and eventfully caused his premature death.

David Haye and Anthony Joshua

Today, there are few that can lay claim to the phrase “Straight No Chaser” but one who can still paralyze an opponent is comebacking David Haye (27-2). “The Haymaker’s” last fight ended in 130 seconds when he knocked out overmatched Aussie Mark de Mori who had to be stretchered out.

As for the well-muscled Joshua (16-0), a world heavyweight champion in just 16 fights and 34 rounds, his two rights that ended Charles Martin’s ill-gotten reign are the poster child for this article. With blinding speed and raw power, no chaser is necessary when he connects with his straight right down the pike.

Enter Shannon Briggs

“I’ll put an end to the ‘let’s go champ’ movement. I’m changing it to ‘let’s go chump’.”—David Haye

“I don’t know what he’s trying to do, the [older] brother whipped his ass already and put him in the hospital…Imagine what the young one will do.”—James Toney

“He’s [Briggs] around and he’s here to fight, so that fight could happen if it’s the right fight and it makes sense,” —Anthony Joshua before the Martin demolition.

Briggs act is no longer amusing. It stopped being funny a few years back when “The Cannon” began knocking out the lowest level of fodder with pre-arranged left hooks to the body while at the same time stalking and trying to bait Wladimir Klitschko into a bout. The last time Briggs fought someone who had a pulse (as in Vitali Klitschko), he was sent to the hospital for an extended stay. Whether that horrendous beating knocked him into deferred dementia is within the realm of possibility, but far more likely is the probability that he is desperately trying to stay relevant in order to get one last big payday.

Finally, after gate crashing one press conference after another with his bizarre, albeit phony behavior and bile-inducing war cries of “Let’s Go Champ,” it appears that Briggs (59-6-1) might actually be getting a big fight –and more importantly  the attendant big payday. It’s now close to being confirmed that Briggs will fight on David Haye’s upcoming undercard, when Haye faces unknown Kosovo-Albanian Arnold Gjergjaj (29-0). Should Briggs win (he already met one condition by passing an MRI brain scan at Harley Street in London), Haye has promised to take him on next. Bizarre behavior aside, Briggs is as shrewd as a fox.

The two were involved in a scuffle as Anthony Joshua and Charles Martin concluded their weigh-in before Saturday’s IBF heavyweight title fight. An infuriated Haye has taken the bait where Klitschko didn’t. Haye says:

 “The big moron Shannon Briggs – everywhere I go, this guy keeps chasing me around…He can fight on my undercard – if he can win, if he can pass the medical, if he can pass the brain scan, then I’ll knock him out afterwards … He said he wants to do it. So he’s getting knocked out….if he can pass the brain scan, then I’ll knock him out afterwards….I’ll teach him a serious lesson in respect.”

If this fight is made, there will be no gift decision for Briggs (as there was against George Foreman); there will be no Zoltan Petranyi or Maurenzo Smith as his opponent.  No, what Briggs will be getting is a lethal straight with no follow-up shot necessary. And while the 44-year-old will finally get his payday, his stale imitation of Clubber Lang will thankfully end. At a time when Anthony Joshua shows class and humility, Briggs has become an embarrassment, even in a business known for shameless behavior.

With a nod to the late Thelonious Monk.

Ted Sares is one of the world’s oldest active power lifters and holds several records. He enjoys writing about boxing.

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-stormcentre :

Good stuff. It will be interesting to see where Briggs goes from here and/or if anyone gives him a payday. *Joshua did well on the weekend, Martin was easy. Hopefully they don't rush *him along too soon.
Storm. :) :) :)


-Kid Blast :

Well, it looks like he has a date on the HayeDay undercard. After that farce, he will move up and out for good. Thanks Storm And just for the record:
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxdnQOs0BNo
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooS2i65-vk8&nohtml5=False


-Kid Blast :

Arggh Eragh


-Kid Blast :

To those awaiting activation or are in the que (the moderator's que I guess), please be patient. If you are having issues, send me an email and I'll sort it out. The name of the game here is patience as the TSS is very careful about its registration process.


-Gabrielito :

Short and Sweet , Ted. Just like Haye vs. Briggs will be. I still have not forgiven Haye for crapping the bed against Wlad, but handling Briggs will go a fair distance . Andy Lee's right hook is another cheap night out. One shot and you're OK for the night.


-Gabrielito :

We need another Corrie Sanders in this heavyweight drought. Now that's a fun night at the fights.


-Kid Blast :

We need another Corrie Sanders in this heavyweight drought. Now that's a fun night at the fights.
Thanks Gab. I truly loved Sanders. When he was on and in shape, he could pop with the best. R.I.P. I had a hard time getting over the Wlad thing as well, but Haye brings a certain excitement into the ring that is somewhat unique. Maybe it's his walk-in song which is my favorite. Same one Holmes used. Love ot.
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuAZTWGfQTs


-Gabrielito :

YEah Sanders took out some hard nosed vets in short time, but Haye is in the same league. The Chisora KO was damned impressive. The De Mori KO was scary. Haye KO 1 Briggs will be scarier.


-Gabrielito :

Speaking of walk-in songs...Kelly Pavlik/Korn "Got the Life". Metal is way under represented in boxing. I get why, but it is.


-Kid Blast :

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-Kid Blast :

Speaking of walk-in songs...Kelly Pavlik/Korn "Got the Life". Metal is way under represented in boxing. I get why, but it is.

->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAWjsVoDpm0 I always lift to metal and to this one as well. Pantera and Black Label Society and the old AC/DC are my favorites to lift to. Highway to Hell is a good walk-in song IMO. Speaking of KP, he is in some deep dung for his latest escapade.


-Gabrielito :

Oh man Pantera will get you moving. Mouth for War is a great heavy bag song, punch along with Vinnie Paul on drums.


-Yogo :

Zep-Achilles last stand. Never heard it used yet but that's the one. Rock fans Check through yer headphones...


-stormcentre :

Speaking of walk-in songs...Kelly Pavlik/Korn "Got the Life". Metal is way under represented in boxing. I get why, but it is.
Don't get me started. As . . . . Despite how it may seem that someone who is into EDM as much as I am may not appreciate other forms of music. . . . . I (also) have an extensive metal collection consisting of more than 1000 records, and 100's of CD's. So, if metal is your gig to work out to . . . . May I also recommend . . .
Or the 3rd track off the same album; symptom of the universe. Failing that . . . Try Triumph Allied Forces; straight from Canada.
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duM0aMz3BfE In fact the whole album, whilst a bit dated now, is till quite good. Still, with all that said, I could easily recommend more refined and better engineered/produced rock albums/songs. :) :)


-Kid Blast :

Oh man Pantera will get you moving. Mouth for War is a great heavy bag song, punch along with Vinnie Paul on drums.
My buddy Phil Anselmo will e posting here once he figures out how to register--if ever, He and I go way back.


-Kid Blast :

Thanks Storm. I like Death Metal for the squat and bench, and AC/DC for the dead lift.


-Gabrielito :

@Kid Blast - I've seen Phil's articles at another site but not for a long time, it would be great to hear his views on stuff. He's busy with Down and Phillip H. Anselmo & The Illegals.


-Kid Blast :

@Kid Blast - I've seen Phil's articles at another site but not for a long time, it would be great to hear his views on stuff. He's busy with Down and Phillip H. Anselmo & The Illegals.
Here you go: "Eyes Of The South" It builds and then let's loose. That's when the walk-in should begin.
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tywb45A8V50&list=RDFBLbrJxGtro&index=5 zack wildd is another who could provide some great walk-in stuff. But check this one out Mate: as DAVID HAYE MAKES HIS RETURN RING WALK AS 02VARENA ERUPTS / HAYE DAY . A spine tingler.
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7Q6Bjrxz_w Storm, I like this. How about some more "refined" stuff?
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duM0aMz3BfE


-JohnnyTango :

Great title, Ted; however, I'm tired of both David Haye and Shannon Briggs! FYI: I'm the poster that was formally known as L.L. Cool John aka John.


-Kid Blast :

Welcome to TSS Johnny Tango. I 'm glad you liked that title. I wove the article around it which I often to. Think up a snappy title and then write. I'm sick of Briggs and never liked him one bit, but I am still a Haye loyalist. Something about the way he resonates with the fans.


-es Honda :

Mr Sares. Great article on this fine site. Posting from the United Kingdom I am a big fan of Haye. Yes. He could and should have done a lot better against Wlad. But the man carries true power in both hands. What makes him hurt fighters is the unrivalled speed at this weight. A small heavyweight in the modern area but still a damn fine one. He would crush Tyson I'm an idiot fury. And Joshua should stay away for a few fights yet. I look forward to your next piece. ☑️


-Domenic :

Nicely done, good read.


-Yogo :

I was more than blessed to have been at Birmingham NEC for one of Sabbath's 1997 reunion shows. Majestic. They played SOTU that night.


-Kid Blast :

Mr Sares. Great article on this fine site. Posting from the United Kingdom I am a big fan of Haye. Yes. He could and should have done a lot better against Wlad. But the man carries true power in both hands. What makes him hurt fighters is the unrivalled speed at this weight. A small heavyweight in the modern area but still a damn fine one. He would crush Tyson I'm an idiot fury. And Joshua should stay away for a few fights yet. I look forward to your next piece. ☑️
Thanks matey. Always nice to hear from the UK


-Kid Blast :

Nicely done, good read.
Thank you Domenic. Most appreciated.


-Kid Blast :

I was more than blessed to have been at Birmingham NEC for one of Sabbath's 1997 reunion shows. Majestic. They played SOTU that night.
I just caught Zack Wild, Kenny Wayne Shepard, Eric Johnson and a bunch of others at the Hampton Casino in NH, but I missed the Tower of Power tonight in Boston. Next Friday, it's Jimmy Vaughn in Maine. Yes, Yogo , you were truly blessed.


-stormcentre :

Here you go: "Eyes Of The South" It builds and then let's loose. That's when the walk-in should begin.
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tywb45A8V50&list=RDFBLbrJxGtro&index=5 zack wildd is another who could provide some great walk-in stuff. But check this one out Mate: as DAVID HAYE MAKES HIS RETURN RING WALK AS 02VARENA ERUPTS / HAYE DAY . A spine tingler.
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7Q6Bjrxz_w Storm, I like this.
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duM0aMz3BfE
How about some more "refined" stuff?
OK, there you go . . . .

Note: you will need to access this link (
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8uVuLQGLTQ&list=PLNsydrw6OBAF-J-p7GWa9CtqQ4hFoXrcE ) for the entire album, as the entire album will not automatically play through when it's embedded within another site like this. Unfortunately this album (unlike the early one I personally have) doesn't have the *below song "Judith" on it. However, you can easily get that single on YouTube and/or the internet though. The Cult . . . they're pretty special . . . . Clever lyrics. Well thought out riffs and melodies. Not many gothic, heavy, (or otherwise) rock bands had a lead singer with such a powerful and sensual voice as Ian Astbury. And, if they did then they probably didn't have a lead guitarist like Billy Duffy; "Judith" - check the riff that starts *at 3:25 and goes right through to the end. *
->https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNfpdBrI-bE Whilst there are a few songs on this album that run out of steam, the fact of the matter is that when you look at the entire body of work it presents and how brilliant and unique many of the songs are . . . . it just doesn't matter. "Love", "Here Comes The Rain", "Sanctuary", and "Phoenix" are four of my favorites. Once, years ago, and in the middle of a mild
Storm at sea . . . and whilst on a small yacht . . . I went and strapped myself to the section of the bow whilst listening to "Love" and "Here Comes The Rain" through earphones. Crazy I know; but it was actually enjoyable. :) :) :)


-Kid Blast :

Very refined


-stormcentre :

OK .. . well, back then (Love album) things weren't quite in the digital age as they are now and with the next album/song. So whilst "Love" was refined, slightly grungy/psychedelic, gothic rock; the production (studio) was not quite as good as what is was for Sonic Temple.

Aside from that, all the same musical reasons stands to like this track. Asbury's voice still delivers. And, Billy still carves up on the guitar. :) :)


-larueboenig :

I should think Deontay Wilder would be included among the right hand ?howitzers.? Look at what he did to the poor Pole.


-mortcola :

Yeah. Corrie was a freak. Limited boxing skills, but a natural ability to punch with alarming speed and power. Vitali Klitschko had one of the best chins in the history of the division, almost never hurt at all by the hugest of shots that managed to get through his strange but effective defense, but Sanders had him reeling and defensive before VK's iron will and power allowed him to dominate Sanders and break him down.


-Kid Blast :

I should think Deontay Wilder would be included among the right hand “howitzers.” Look at what he did to the poor Pole.
It's just that he has a looping right and/or a counter shot and not a straight one, but I'll grant you that if he connects flush, the result can be paralyzing. Same for Povetkin when he connects with what is a straighter right than Wilder's. His KO's of Takem and Perez were quite impressive.


-larueboenig :

Thanks for the answer Kid