Briggs stops Pedro in 28 seconds

Former world heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs took only 28

seconds to knock out Rafael Pedro Tuesday night.

With the only punch he threw, Briggs stunned Pedro with a right

to the head. Pedro, a native of Cuba, fell to the canvas and was

counted out by referee Sam Burgos.

“That’s all I needed,” Briggs said. “It was a fast night for

me but that’s how a lot of my fights end.”

The 38-year-old Briggs (49-5-1, 43 KOs) has now stopped 28

opponents in the first round.

Briggs, of New York, won the WBO crown with a 12th-round

technical knockout over Sergei Liakovich in November 2006 but lost

the title in his first defense against Sultan Ibragimov eight

months later.

Briggs weighed in at 263 pounds. Pedro (20-9-1) weighed 270.