Ferguson’s long-rumored professional boxing debut is one step
closer to becoming a reality.
Better known as “Kimbo Slice,” Ferguson (Pictured; file photo) will
square off with James Wade -- a 0-1 pro from Springfield, Mo. -- in
a four-round heavyweight headline on Aug. 13. Emanating from the
Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla., the event is a co-promotion
between Gary Shaw Productions and Tony Holden Promotions.
Ferguson, 37, made a name for himself fighting in several backyard
bare-knuckle fights that gained massive popularity over the
Internet. After signing with the now-defunct EliteXC
promotion, which was run by Shaw, Ferguson rattled off three
straight wins before being knocked out in 2008 by heavy underdog
Petruzelli in just 14 seconds.
The Floridian then joined the cast of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season
10, setting all-time ratings highs for the Spike TV series, even as
he lost in the first round of the competition to eventual winner
Nelson. Ferguson participated in two official UFC contests
after his time on the show, edging out Houston
Alexander in a lackluster three-rounder in 2009 before falling
by technical knockout to Matt
Mitrione the following year. Ferguson was released by the
promotion following his loss to Mitrione and has not fought