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Kimbo Slice-Roy Jones Jr. fight being discussed

A boxing fight between Kimbo Slice and Roy Jones Jr. is currently being discussed, Larry Brown Sports has confirmed.

A report published in the Jamaica Observer on Saturday said that the two men would be fighting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in December. The scheduled fight is said to be part of Jamaica’s 50th anniversary celebration, and part of an effort to bring boxing excitement to the island. There was even a press conference on Thursday to make the announcement, and Jones Jr. was in attendance and spoke about facing Slice.

“He’s a big streetfighter with a lot of power, so early in the fight he can be very dangerous… but as the fight goes on, my mental experience should take over. But for the first five rounds he will be very deadly,” Jones said, per the Observer.

Larry Brown Sports reached out to Slice’s promoter, Gary Shaw, over email to ask about the fight. Shaw confirmed to LBS that the fight is being discussed, but he emphasized that there is no deal yet.

Slice, aka Kevin Ferguson, is 38 years old and switched to boxing last year after a brief MMA career. The former street-fighting legend has fought five times since his making his professional boxing debut last August and is 5-0 with four knockouts.

Jones Jr., 43, was once considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. He is 7-7 since 2004, and we’ve been calling for him to retire for years.

Kimbo Slice One-Punch Knockout Ends Tay Bledsoe Fight (Video)

Even if Kimbo Slice is on the same path with boxing that he was with MMA, he is providing us with some entertaining knockouts along the way.  Through his first two fights, it would appear Kimbo’s promoter was right about his freakish knockout power.  On Saturday night, he laid out Tay Bledsoe with a right hook in the first round to improve to 2-0 in his boxing career.  Check out the Kimbo Slice-Tay Bledsoe fight video:

It took Kimbo only 10 seconds to end his first fight against James Wade, so he’s obviously fighting lesser opponents in an attempt to earn a reputation.  Either way, he’s still a strong dude who’s fully capable of taking someone’s head off.

Jared Shaw: Kimbo Slice Has Mike Tyson’s One-Punch Knockout Power

Jared Shaw is a promoter so his job is to hype up his clients. Right now he’s working on building up Kimbo Slice’s boxing career. Kimbo won his boxing debut last weekend with a 10-second knockout and he’s planning to fight again in November. Shaw has been somewhat measured in his hype of Kimbo, not really doing too much press prior to Slice’s August fight. Perhaps Shaw knew what he was doing — he understood they would get the most buzz by showing what Kimbo could do, not telling everyone. Now that Kimbo has had a strong performance in the ring, Shaw is bringing on the praise.

“I have been telling everyone since we got in this thing that he is like Mike Tyson,” Shaw told Fight Hype. “He reminds me of Tyson. And that is not a comparison of skillset; it’s a comparison of charisma, energy, and one-punch knockout power. I told him I was ecstatic with the performance and where we are at, but obviously we got a lot of work to do.”

You’ll notice that Shaw is quite measured with his words, as if they recognize that Kimbo’s MMA career was based mostly on hype. It feels like they’re trying to build his boxing career based on accomplishments in the ring and that’s why Shaw says there’s still a lot of work to do. He’s right. Kimbo isn’t anywhere near ready to fight a championship-level fighter. He may never get to that point. But with his one-punch knockout power, energy, and charisma, he’ll keep drawing attention anytime he fights.

Kimbo Slice Fight Video – 10 Second Knockout Win in Boxing Debut

Kimbo Slice amounted to very little in his professional MMA career, but he’s off to a fine start as a professional boxer. He knocked out opponent James Wade in 10 seconds Saturday night to win his first professional boxing match. Here’s the video as taken by SoSoBoxing.com:

To be honest, Kimbo’s footwork didn’t look to smooth in the ring. That’s likely because he overwhelmed his opponent who’s now 0-2. At any rate, the packed house loved it and Kimbo’s boxing career will moved forward. He’s set to fight on October 15th, according to his adviser Jared Shaw. It’s quite possible he gets added to the Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson card which takes place that night in Los Angeles. If that’s the case, they should have no trouble selling out the event.

Kimbo Slice’s Son Kevin Ferguson II Is a High School Football Prospect

Whether or not Kevin Ferguson II can play football matters little to me. All I know is that as soon as I saw how the kid looks — which is to say exactly like his father — I was hooked.

The Orlando Sentinel profiled Ferguson II who is the 16-year-old son of Kimbo Slice, the street fighter turned MMA fighter turned boxer. Ferguson II is going to be a junior running back for Booker T. Washington High School this season. He was a short-yardage running back for Miramar High last year, rushing for 275 yards and six touchdowns on 55 carries.

The football (and facial hair) apparently runs in the family. Kimbo Slice played college football at Miami for a season and a half and even had a tryout with the Dolphins. As for Kevin II, he’s 6’1″ and 195 pounds and waiting for scholarship offers. He also has a 3.2 GPA which should make it easy to qualify for any school academically.

If any school wants to boost ticket sales, recruiting Ferguson II seems like a no-brainer given the popularity of his father.

Check out this video to see and hear Kevin II on camera:

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Kimbo Slice Making Boxing Debut on August 13th

Street fighting internet sensation and former MMA fighter Kimbo Slice will make his boxing debut on August 13th. It was announced Wednesday that Slice will headline a four-round main event at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla for Gary Shaw Productions and Tony Holden Promotions. Apparently the guys behind this realized that Slice is a huge draw regardless of how he performs. And get this, they’re now terming him the “Kimbo Slice Express.”

“Kimbo was always meant to be in the ring,” said Jared Shaw, Team Kimbo Promotional Advisor. “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.”

Kimbo’s foray into boxing comes as no surprise. A year before being cut by the UFC last May, he was saying he wanted to try boxing because it was easier than MMA. If he does well in August, maybe setting up a fight with NFL player Ray Edwards will be a possibility.

Kimbo Slice and Ray Edwards Could Fight

Back in February we told you that Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards was planning to box if there was a lockout. Well the lockout happened and Edwards has signed a two-fight contract to box, and he’s set to make his debut Friday night against T.J. Gibson.

If Edwards gets past Gibson and plans to continue fighting, he may have a blockbuster matchup in the waiting. Steve Cofield at Cagewriter passed along comments made by Jared Shaw on MMAWeekly Radio. Shaw, who is Kimbo Slice’s promoter, issued a challenge to Edwards.

“I’ve called Mike Riley to get in touch with Ray Edwards’ people and I’ve made an open challenge to come fight Kimbo Slice. That fight I will deliver,” Shaw said on the show.

“If Ray Edwards wants to step up and fight Kimbo Slice I will deliver that to the public. There’s two guys that come from athletic backgrounds, that haven’t been in the ring that many times, so let’s see two big boys bang it out. If Ray Edwards thinks he’s a great boxer, then maybe he thinks he can go through Kevin Ferguson very quickly.”

Kimbo Slice may have dropped off the ninth side of the octagon, but there is one thing he still possesses: a major name. Slice is popular, he’s a draw, and if you put him in the ring with an NFL player, you’re guaranteed to get some attention. I don’t know if Edwards’ people are interested, but that’s a fight that could easily benefit him. If he takes care of Gibson, Edwards should seriously consider fighting Kimbo next.

Glove touch to Marcas G for the story