Mexican contender Jorge Lara still looked explosive after one-year hiatus.
Lara was back to his strong suit and capitalized on his barrage of furious combinations to complete the assault of the super featherweight bout.
The 26-year-old brawler out of Guadalajara hounded Briones from the opening bell of the lopsided match, not giving him the opportunity to orchestrate his gameplan.
His straight-forward Jorge Arce-like style allowed him to dictate the tempo and impose his dominance.
Lara decided to go for the kill early in the third round, that's when the referee stepped in and stopped the fight with 2:04 left as the struggling Briones failed to show some smart defense.
Lara improved his record to 29-0-2 (21 KOs) after the win.
A year ago, Lara defeated Mexican legend and three-division world champion Fernando Montiel.
He floored the 37-year-old Montiel four times to seal the knockout victory in the first round.
The win made him turn heads as fight fans saw another boxing star in the making. He expressed his willingness to fight Abner Mares and Leo Sta Cruz in a post-fight ring interview.
Montiel, for his part, cited after the fight that retirement is not an option yet and he would still continue fighting.
Lara currently is having his campaign in the 130-pound division.
While a fight with WBO World super featherweight titleholder and pound-for-pound caliber fighter Vasyl Lomachenko, the division's top gun, is still next to impossible, there are a number of good opponents for him in the weight class.
Perhaps he can make his way to challenge the likes of reigning champions Miguel Berchelt (WBC), WBA Jezreel Corrales (WBA) and current IBF titleholder Gervonta Davis who just handed British hotshot Liam Walsh his first career loss.