Kimbo Slice will fight under Marquess of Queensberry rules Aug.
13. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
It appears that Kevin
Ferguson -- known to most as “Kimbo Slice” -- will finally make
his long-rumored debut in professional boxing Aug. 13.
Ferguson, 37, will fight in a four-round headlining attraction
against a to-be-named opponent at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami,
Okla. The show will be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Tony
Holden Promotions. The remainder of the card, as well as any
broadcast plans, have yet to be announced by the promoters.
Appearing in a series of backyard bare-knuckle fights that
quickly gained popularity over the Internet, Ferguson used his fame
to begin a career in mixed martial arts. Signing with the
promotion, which was run by Shaw, Ferguson racked up a 3-0 record
in the cage by battering the likes of Bo Cantrell,
David “Tank” Abbott, and James
Thompson. The fighter hit a snag in 2008, however, when he was
knocked out by late-replacement Seth
Petruzelli in just 14 seconds. EliteXC folded later that
He would then join the cast of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 10,
falling in his first bout on the show to former
International Fight League champion Roy Nelson.
The native Bahamanian would win his first official Octagon contest
in 2009, outpointing Houston
Alexander in a three-round affair. Ferguson's final
UFC and MMA appearance would result in defeat, as he was
stopped by Matt
Mitrione at UFC 113 in May 2010.