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Kimbo Slice to Make Boxing Debut *For Real* on August 13 in Miami, Oklahoma

(“Your OTHER left jab…”)

Well, we can all stop holding our breath wondering when Kimbo Slice will get back to crushing cans.

Slice, AKA Kevin Ferguson is finally making his boxing debut and, under the watchful eye of former EliteXC vice president Jared Shaw, he will likely have a decent run of beating up overmatched opponents while restocking his breadbox with boxing dollars.

Here’s the lead-in from the hyped-up press release Shaw sent out today:

“Forget the kicking and wrestling, Kevin ‘Kimbo Slice’ Ferguson will soon be where he should have been all along… busting heads in a boxing ring.

On Saturday, August 13, legendary street brawler Kimbo Slice will make his long-awaited professional boxing debut in the four-round main event of a Gary Shaw Productions and Tony Holden Promotions boxing extravaganza at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.

Slice became the Internet’s first street-certified action hero by smashing down a series of opponents in brutal backyard fist fights. The announcement is good news for fight fans, as he will surely administer a much-needed shot of adrenaline into the American heavyweight scene.”

I’m not sure Kimbo will inject anything into the heavyweight boxing scene, but there will be those who watch if not simply for the freakshow factor the backyard brawler will bring.

His first bout under the Gary Shaw Productions banner will be on August 13 in Miami, Oklahoma against a yet-to-be-named victim.

Here’s what the promoter formerly known as $kala, whose new title according to today’s release is “Team Kimbo Promotional Advisor,” had to say about Kimbo’s future in the boxing ring:

“Kimbo was always meant to be in the ring. He’s one of the hardest punchers in the world and on August 13, his journey to becoming America’s heavyweight begins. The first stop will be Oklahoma in what will become the Kimbo Slice Express.”

Slice’s longtime manager “Icey” Mike Imber, said that in spite of Gary Shaw’s earlier assertions that his charge isn’t putting in the effort necessary to succeed in the sport, Kimbo has been training hard for his debut with boxing coach Randy Khatami and that he has also spent some time in top-rated contender Alfredo Angulo’s camp working with his trainer Clemente Medina.

“He’s completely focused on his boxing career and excited to showcase his talents inside the squared circle. Kimbo Slice is hungry and when that man wants his bread, he’s scary. Even in his losses, ‘Kimbo’ brought a level of excitement that few fighters can generate,” Shaw said. “He is a genuine personality with unbelievable strength and character, and we’re excited about his prospects in boxing.The minute he steps in the ring, he’ll be one of the most recognizable and talked-about fighters in the sport, and his fans around the world will once again feel the excitement.”

If only his performance inside the ring or cage was as impressive as the buzz surrounding Slice, he may have some longevity in combat sports.





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Jason Statham- August 22, 2011 at 12:30 am
is kimbo good? not too sure about that.
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Joedirt- June 30, 2011 at 6:39 am
Akilleez.... no doubt Silva has improved and is capable of performing better. However even as the best striker (I'm agreeing about the elbows knees etc) if you take those weapons away from Silva and put him into strictly boxing, although he is decent he wouldn't compete with the middle to high end boxers. I'm not taking anything away from Silva, we're talking about taking away some of his best weapons. My point I suppose is that if even Silva wouldn't be able to make a legitimate run at a top ten ranked boxer... what makes ANYONE think Kimbo could.
TheWarsawExpress- June 30, 2011 at 6:09 am
Kimbo spars with Ed Helms
Im Ron Burgundy- June 30, 2011 at 5:42 am
Beautiful photo caption...And that's my two cents about Kimbo and his "boxing career"
rogerw- June 30, 2011 at 1:55 am
Is it just me or does Kimbo have an insanely bulgy bizeps?
Komodo- June 29, 2011 at 11:44 pm
I'm working for an hourly wage
I.. went to high school, didn't do great
Still I gotta make more cash
More education is what I'm loo... ?? - fuck.
RSparrow- June 29, 2011 at 11:29 pm
At least he can hide his opposable thumb in 16oz mits.
intercept440- June 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm
i dont know what is worse, kimbo trying again to fight in boxing.... or that , that dumb fucker is still being rep'd by somw white fucktard formerlly known as $kala being his promoter....ide say at this point he has no more street cred. and ill wager he gets his fucking ass handed to him.... since when is any professional boxing match only go four rounds??? WTF is he fighting butterbean or some shit???

by the way ide bet the farm on butterbean in that fight, fuck kimbo
akilleez- June 29, 2011 at 8:53 pm
@Joedirt - Silva fought in boxing well before he was considered the best striker in MMA, or even one of the best fighters in MMA. I'm sure if he fought the same people in boxing now, he would win. Having said that, a lot of Silva's success in MMA striking has to do with his knees, elbows, and legs, which are irrelevant in boxing. Kimbo's only talent comes from his hands, so hopefully that will bring something to the table when he boxes. If he gets another lovetap to the chin like the one Petruzelli landed..its good night.
Joedirt- June 29, 2011 at 8:45 pm
Anderson Silva is possibly the best striker in MMA and he is 1-1 in pro boxing.. both fights against nobodies. Strictly stand up... even a can might crush him.
Redping- June 29, 2011 at 8:40 pm
I don't think I could ever hate kimbo after his 'the enemy, was the inner me!' realisation, I'm not sure if i ever stopped laughing. That said, it's pretty tragic they're trying to turn him into a cartoon version of his reputation. Bas Rutten said a lot of things to Mike Straka about how Kimbo 'wasn't a fighter', like the rest of his camp, how Kimbo seemed keen at first but after his first win he didn't come back to the gym for a few months. True fighters are always trying to improve, always in the gym, and Bas said that Slice was nothing like that. and I don't know, if there's 1 person I actually listen to without a grain of salt in the mma community, its bas. I know Boxing is a bit less training/stress than mma training, but I don't think old man bad-knee's has the dedication
glza- June 29, 2011 at 8:29 pm
oh, that's right -- this is a combat sport. he's not fast enough to be a real threat to anyone at the top level of that game, he's gonna get the crap beat out of him.
glza- June 29, 2011 at 8:26 pm
lol armfarmer's right.

i always liked kimbo -- he's got a good personality and i wish him all the best. hanging around with those shady-ass shaws, though -- no good can come of it.
elksnyper- June 29, 2011 at 8:22 pm
If you remember, when he fought Sean Gannon, that, while he hung in for awhile he was outclassed and then gassed.

Against a fighter/boxer that is just a so/so boxer. (But unlike his S.Fights, actually had some training).

They will feed him Super cans or he will be toasted.
Fatty McDickbutts- June 29, 2011 at 7:37 pm
@armfarmer - you're a dinosaur, it's time to step aside and let the new-blood in, we're feisty, and Russian spam-bots only make us have orgasms.I've been cumming nonstop for at least a year and a half now.
exect4500- June 29, 2011 at 6:23 pm
"American Heavyweight Scene"
I was not aware one existed
Jesus Frijoles- June 29, 2011 at 6:23 pm
Well, I could drive over to the casino and cover this one for CP, it is only about an hour away but.....

1. who the fuck cares
2. I aint paying to see that
3. Cp would have to pay me to NOT get totally shitfaced and
4. who the fuck cares
ArmFarmer- June 29, 2011 at 6:14 pm
I've been on cagepotato for a looong time and the comments section didn't use to have spammers at all. That tells me it's not impossible to stop.. but then I know it's not impossible to add an edit button either. They appear to just not give a fuck these days.
parchy mcthirst- June 29, 2011 at 5:36 pm
Oh, Kimbo is "hungry" all right, just like he was in mma...oh wait...
Fatty McDickbutts- June 29, 2011 at 5:35 pm
@Chamby - to further confound the white man.
chamby- June 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm
What's up with the shopped bicep?
El Guapo- June 29, 2011 at 5:06 pm
If it goes the distance Kimbo's gonna be running on fumes, mang. I know it's only 4 rounds, but his bad knees don't allow him to condition for shit. Bring on the cans..
Horsepower- June 29, 2011 at 5:06 pm
I will enjoy NOT watching this happen.
haus66- June 29, 2011 at 5:04 pm
Jim Ross would be so pissed about the misuse of the term 'squared circle'. Actually, I'm pissed.