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 >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Kelvin Gastelum Faces Jorge Masvidal at the TUF: Latin America 3 Finale

  • 25 days ago
  • 10 views

Fifth-ranked 170-pound contender Kelvin Gastelum faces battle-tested veteran Jorge Masvidal at The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3 Finale in Mexico City. read news >>

Rob Lisita Looking to Crush Ev Ting and Steal His Fans

  • 24 days ago
  • 4 views

Rob Lisita has been fighting some of the top featherweights, but will be up against a more familiar foe at ONE: Unbreakable Warriors on Friday. read news >>

UFC Fight Night 93: What's Troubling Alexander Gustafsson?

  • 24 days ago
  • 45 views

This summer has been bittersweet for Canadian music fans. Yes, that’s an odd place to start in discussing a Swedish mixed martial artist, but give it a second. One of the greatest rock bands the coun read news >>

UFC Fight Night 93 Predictions: Bleacher Report Main Card Staff Picks

  • 23 days ago
  • 22 views

Welcome once again, fight fans, to Germany (or Deutschland, as it's also known). On Saturday, the UFC will host UFC Fight Night 93, its fourth event in Germany and first in the city of Hamburg. In th read news >>

UFC Fight Night Arlovski vs Barnett: What you got right & wrong

  • 22 days ago
  • 3 views

UFC fans made their predictions ahead of UFC Fight Night Arlovski vs Barnett - but were they correct? We look at all the prefight picks and see what really happened on fight night. read news >>

Pimblett: “I’ll be remembered as Cage Warriors 145 Champ, Not McGregor”

  • 19 days ago
  • 3 views

MMA fans from all over Europe have been clamoring for Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett’s UFC debut ever since he launched a tirade at Conor McGregor during a post-fight interview after securing a regional read news >>

Cody Garbrandt UFC 203 Q&A Video Replay | MMAWeekly.com

  • 16 days ago
  • 14 views

Undefeated bantamweight Cody Garbrandt fielded questions from the fans in Cleveland prior to the UFC 203 weigh-in on Friday at Quicken Loans Arena. read news >>

Urijah Faber vs. Jimmie Rivera Results: Winner and Reaction from UFC 203

  • 15 days ago
  • 31 views

Win or lose, Urijah Faber was going to give fans something to be sad about at UFC 203. The California Kid is officially the California Middle-Aged Man at this point, and while fighters such as Dan He read news >>

Watch Dustin Poirier Stop Akira Corassani (UFC Hidalgo Free Fight Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 12 days ago
  • 44 views

Before Dustin Poirier faces Michael Johnson at UFC Fight Night 94 in Hidalgo, Texas, watch this full fight video of Poirier stopping Akira Corassani. read news >>

Chael Sonnen Faces Crippling Fines if He Tests Positive at Bellator | MMAWeekly.com

  • 9 days ago
  • 25 views

In his return, Chael Sonnen has to endure much tougher drug testing scrutiny. If he slips up, his contract imposes crippling financial repercussions. read news >>