Gary Shaw: Kimbo Slice Will Make His Pro Boxing Debut This Summer
Gary Shaw, the promoter who brought Kimbo to EliteXC, told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald that Kimbo (real name: Kevin Ferguson) will make his pro boxing debut as a heavyweight some time late this summer. The date, venue and opponent are all to be determined.
This is probably the right move for Kimbo. He's really not a good enough athlete to be a good professional fighter at either boxing or MMA, but at least in boxing he has a clean slate. MMA fans know not to take Kimbo seriously as a fighter, while boxing fans might keep more of an open mind toward him.
And for Shaw, this is probably the right way to cash in a couple more times on Kimbo's name. Kimbo is famous enough that the short blurb in the Miami Herald was mentioned on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption, so he'll get a fair amount of media attention when he steps into the ring, and Shaw's roots as a promoter are in boxing, so that's where he has the best chance of having Kimbo fight on a big stage.