Kimbo Slice Faces James Wade in Pro Boxing Debut in August


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

Kevin Ferguson better known to MMA fans as Kimbo Slice will be making his professional boxing debut on Aug 13 in Oklahoma and he now has an opponent.

The one-time ‘Ultimate Fighter’ competitor will face James Wade in the main event at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma.

Kimbo Slice enters the match with a 0-0 record in boxing, but shot to fame for his street fight videos, which got millions of views on YouTube. He also ended his MMA career with a 4-2 record overall.

Wade comes in with an 0-1 pro boxing record, but a chance of a lifetime to build his name off of Kimbo Slice’s celebrity.

“James Wade is an American fighter out of Missouri, and he’s 0-1, but he doesn’t want to go 0-2. For Kimbo Slice it’s a great fight for his pro debut, it will give us time to assess where Kimbo is through his training, and how his learning curve has already begun,” Team Kimbo promotional advisor Jared Shaw said about the match-up.

“For James Wade this is his heavyweight championship, for Kimbo Slice this is his pro boxing debut.”

While some have pointed at Kimbo’s move into boxing as his search for a new payday or some kind of freak show fight, his promoter says just watch and see. Shaw has followed Kimbo’s training camp and believes that everyone will be surprised just how seriously he’s taking his new boxing career.

“Kimbo’s looking real good, he’s focused, he’s fully healthy now. This time off has been a blessing for him, he’s reinvigorated. He has a chip on his shoulder and he’s hungry. He does want gold, but he wants respect a lot more,” Shaw said.

“A lot of people think this is the Butterbean, king of the four rounders, well when we fight six rounds and that will be soon enough, they won’t say he’s the Butterbean, king of the four rounders. I can promise you when he steps in the ring, he’ll back up everything I’m saying.”

While no one from Team Kimbo or his promoter are flat out out saying he’s going to make a run at the heavyweight title any time soon, they all believe he can be an exciting fighter in an otherwise dull division.

Shaw points to the recent heavyweight title fight between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye that was regarded as one of the worst big fights in boxing history.

“I can guarantee you one thing – Kimbo Slice is no David Haye, he won’t be running away from anybody,” said Shaw. “He’s going to be an injection into the heavyweight division.”

Kimbo Slice faces James Wade on Aug 13 in Miami, Okla.


Damon Martin is the lead staff writer and radio host for MMAWeekly.com.
Follow
@DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon a question or comment.


Follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.


view original article >>

Related News

  • 23 days ago
  • 41 views

LAS VEGAS – After a quick loss in his pro octagon debut, “The Ultimate Fighter 7? veteran Luke Zachrich dominated “TUF: Brazil” vet Guilherme Vasconcelos with sharp striking skills. Filed under: News, UFC more

  • 21 days ago
  • 10 views

Welterweight prospect Alan "Brahma" Jouban will get a tough assignment for his UFC debut on August 16, when he faces off with veteran Seth Baczynski in UFC Fight Night action in Bangor, Maine. more

  • 11 days ago
  • 31 views

After an extensive amateur career, women’s 115-pound prospect Katie Howard turned pro this year with solid results so far. Her next step is at Saturday's CageSport in Washington. more

  • 25 days ago
  • 23 views

ONE FC will make its debut in the United Arab Emirates next month with a card set to feature four title fights. Filed under: MMA Rumors, News more

  • 27 days ago
  • 35 views

Thiago Alves will have to sit on the sidelines again following a knee injury.Filed under: News, UFC more

  • 27 days ago
  • 45 views

Robert Drysdale finally makes his UFC debut on Sunday night, and he decided to open up about his controversial start in the promotion in 2013. Drysdale, a jiu-jitsu world champion and ADCC openweight champion, was set to make his promotional debut at UFC 167, but was removed from a light heavyweight bout with Cody Donovan after failing a Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) mandated out-of-competition drug test. Ironically, Drysdale was never suspended by the commission or punished by the UFC for te more

  • 27 days ago
  • 47 views

One of the hottest free agents in MMA is not a man but a woman. That woman is former pro boxing champ and undefeated mixed martial artist Holly Holm. Holm, who is 7-0, is currently mending a broken arm suffered in April. However, she should be ready to go in the coming months, and the UFC has been pursuing the WMMA star actively, Shaun Al-Shatti of MMA Fighting reports. In the event that the UFC does sign Holm, who should she debut against? Let's take a look at four possibilities for her eventua more

  • 27 days ago
  • 43 views

In the debut episode of UFC 175 Embedded, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman arrives in Las Vegas, Lyoto Machida prepares at his Los Angeles home, Alexis Davis drills her ground game one final time in San Jose, and UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey relaxes in her Mandalay Bay hotel room. more

  • 28 days ago
  • 55 views

Pro wrestling legend "Stone Cold" Steve Austin joins us in studio to discuss his new show on CMT, entitled "Broken Skull Challenge," and other topics. more