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Gary Shaw Details Collapse of Kimbo Slice’s Boxing Career; Offers to Promote Nick Diaz

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Fight Hub TV’s Marcos Villegas caught up with Gary Shaw over the weekend and spoke to the former head of EliteXC about Nick Diaz‘s boxing aspirations and why Kimbo Slice‘s boxing debut never happened.

According to Shaw, he doesn’t feel that it would be worth it for Diaz to square off against a cold commodity like Fernando Vargas or Jeff Lacy because there wouldn’t be a lot of interest from the networks in putting on a b-level bout, especially as a main event.

“I love Nick Diaz, first of all. I think he’s as exciting as can be. I’ve not reached out for him. If he wants to box, he knows my number. They know the name of my company. But if he’s going to box then he’s got to box relevant fighters,” Shaw pointed out. “Fernando Vargas is not a relevant fighter, Jeff Lacy is not a relevant fighter. So what are you proving? That’s just a waste of time. Television’s not going to buy it, so if he wants to really fight, they’ll contact me and then they’ll really want to fight then we’ll do something on Showtime or HBO or ESPN.”

Although Shaw believes that Diaz has star power and says he could do well in the sport, he cautions the Stockton native to think long and hard about competing in The Sweet Science as it is a different animal than MMA-style boxing.

“He’s a good fighter. He’s a very good fighter, but boxing is a lot different than MMA, so… The techniques are different,” Shaw said. “You can knock guys out in MMA, but you’re not knocking out boxers. You’re knocking out other MMA fighters. So he might find it a little more difficult than he believes.”

When asked about what’s up with Slice’s delayed foray into boxing, Shaw said that it isn’t likely that we’ll see Kimbo donning 10-ounce gloves any time soon.

“He realized how hard it is to be a boxer. I had him in training camp in California, but he wasn’t committed…as committed as he had to be. I still love Kimbo. I still think he’s the single biggest attraction in our sports,” Shaw explained incredulously, demonstrating why EliteXC failed. “I’d love to still put him in a boxing ring, but you gotta be really committed. He made a lotta money in mixed martial arts and maybe he just didn’t need the money bad enough at that time.”

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Jonny5- May 5, 2011 at 2:54 pm
I think the calls for Nick to go boxing and/or fight GSP are both retarded. We are right now in the presence of the best Nick Diaz MMA has ever seen. I think the fighter that Diaz should meet next should be the "KOS". Just the thought of the pre-fight trash talk on that one has me excited + if Diaz could beat "Kos" no one could argue about him being top 5 in the world at WW, which would make talk of him meeting GSP less crazy.
Bootylam- May 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm
He forgot "Oh yeah, in case nobody noticed, Kimbo can't really fight for shit, mma or boxing." Reallly can't argue with his points about boxing itself, though. Diaz can throw hands mma, in pro boxing he would most likely get worked over.
jfjjfjff- May 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm
casa if you are going to try to be funny at least get it right. "crane kick."
El Famous Burrito- May 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm
@El Guapo
====*The More You Know
ccman- May 4, 2011 at 11:48 am
Translation "he is young, quick, mexican, i can exploit him better than others"
Casa de los pantelones- May 4, 2011 at 11:19 am
Kimbo is training with Seagal right now, no time for boxing. Once he masters the 'ralph macchio' he'll be back in the cage, in a shower costume, complete with wrap around curtain, kicking fools in the face piece.

He had better hope, though, the Mr. lawrence doesn't show up to sweep his leg.
El Guapo- May 4, 2011 at 10:25 am
Middle weight and up use 10 oz gloves, below that they use 8 oz. The only exception is Floyd Mayweather's bitch ass, who's contract always calls for the bigger gloves.
El Guapo- May 4, 2011 at 10:23 am
Are you guys thinking what I'm thinking? Kimbo vs DeDe 5000!! (CRICKETS)
El Famous Burrito- May 4, 2011 at 10:20 am
All this time I thought boxing gloves were 12 oz.
SethF- May 4, 2011 at 10:04 am
Lesson to be learned: Don't accept fights you have a chance at winning when you can get your ass kicked on tv for a lot more money.
Mike Russell- May 4, 2011 at 9:57 am
El Famous: Boxing gloves.
jfjjfjff- May 4, 2011 at 9:37 am
kinda dicky thing to say and then blow out of the interview. that strikes me as odd.
El Famous Burrito- May 4, 2011 at 9:28 am
10-ounce gloves?
LOKI- May 4, 2011 at 9:19 am
@amsterdamheavy-I concur. Nick would be better off with Don King or hell, even Bob Arum!
Do we have a SEAL team handy we could sent after the Shaws?
beef_kurtains- May 4, 2011 at 9:18 am
"I still love Kimbo. I still think he’s the single biggest attraction in our sports,” Shaw explained incredulously, demonstrating why EliteXC failed."

The TV rating for every Kimbo fight/show actually support Shaw's argument. Nobody said Kimbo was a good fighter, Shaw is saying the guy is a draw...

Don't be scared homie.
amsterdamheavy- May 4, 2011 at 9:12 am
I cannot stand this scumbag or his douchey kid.