Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson has signed with promoter Gary Shaw in order to start a boxing career. Rumors have circulated for weeks about Ferguson in boxing, and now ESPN.com has confirmed the signing.
According to the ESPN.com report, the deal is signed and “Kimbo Slice” will make his debut in either October or December.
Shaw, as always, is enternally optimistic about Slice’s potential. He told the site, “He could easily be at the same level as the guys the Klitschkos have been fighting. Maybe I’m wrong, maybe he’s coming to boxing too late, but I don’t think so. He’s not a beaten-up athlete. He’s a natural, with the bob and weave like Mike Tyson.”
While promoting MMA under the Elite XC banner, Shaw brought Slice into the professional sports world. After a notorious street-fighting career, Slice made his debut against Bo Cantrell and won by knockout in only 19 seconds.
Slice went on to win his next two fights against David “Tank” Abbott and James Thompson. However, in his fourth fight, Seth Petruzelli came in on extremely late notice and handed Slice his first professional loss. Elite XC closed up shop shortly after the defeat.
After an unsuccessful stint on “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show, Slice made his UFC debut and defeated Houston Alexander. However, in his next fight, cast mate Matt Mitrione defeated Slice and facilitated his exit from the promotion.
Since the fall of Elite XC, Shaw has continue to promoting boxing matches. The list of fighters on his roster includes Andre Dirrell, Vic Darchinyan and Rafael Marquez.