american heavyweight boxer Shannon Briggs says he will remain in a Hamburg hospital because of a left-arm injury sustained in the heavy beating taken in his defeat by Vitali Klitschko. Briggs lost a unanimous decision in the WBC title fight and stayed upright despite absorbing more than 170 direct hits from the Ukrainian in Saturday's bout.
In a statement, the US fighter said he had suffered no "severe head injuries". Briggs said it was his decision not to throw in the towel, although his corner had wanted to stop the uneven contest.
"Thank you for all of your support and hopefully I showed you the heart of a lion," Briggs said. He added that he had gone to the hospital "strictly as a precautionary measure". "After several tests the doctors concluded there were no severe head injuries," he said.