If you bought a ticket to see Kimbo Slice attempt to extend his professional boxing record to 4-0 with a win over Mike Glenn on March 24, you might want to get yourself a refund — that is unless you want to watch him fight a lesser opponent instead.
CagePotato.com has learned from a source close to Glenn who contacted us Tuesday afternoon that Slice, whose real name is Kevin Ferguson, has bowed out of the bout. According to the source the former UFC fighter allegedly told the promoter that he would still participate in the event if they found him another opponent, but explicitly stated that he did not want to fight Glenn.
Now the promoter is scrambling to find an opponent for Glenn, a Strikeforce vet who holds a 5-6 record in MMA, who was to make his boxing debut against Slice in the main event of the show in front of his hometown crowd at the O’Reilly Center in Springfield, Missouri in less than two weeks. FYI, the only stoppage on Glenn’s MMA record was a doctor stoppage due to a cut, so maybe Kimbo didn’t like the odds of knocking him out.
Glenn posted the following statement on his Facebook page moments ago:
“Just [want] to tell everybody that bought tixs to see me fight kimbo that he has back[ed] out of the fight… Uh, don’t know why but he has pulled out. He is still on the card, but he wants to fight someone else… Huh, weird!!! To all the people that bought tix to see me I’m sorry, it’s not my doing. Just thought I would let u all know.”
Way to screw the promoter, fans and the friends and family of your opponent who were all excited for this fight, Mr. Slice. Looks like Gary Shaw was right about him.
Can’t wait to hear what $kala has to say about this one.
*UPDATE: We received the following statement from the card’s promoter, Wes Slay:
“All Kimbo ever asked for was film, from day 1. That was part of the contract. Multiple requests were made for footage. A sparring session was adequate. Multiple people, including myself, offered to film it. For whatever reason, no film was ever provided.
Mike Glenn is a talented fighter, great guy, and I believe wants the fight. I have no idea why his camp refused to provide any video other than 30 seconds of him in mount position from an MMA fight on 10/15/2011.
In an effort to keep Mike on the card, we’ve offered him a MMA fight with Ed Smith (4-5) at a catchweight of 215.”