Kimbo Slice Back In The Boxing Ring

Oct. 15 fight in Nebraska


TOTOWA, N.J. – One of the world’s most feared fighters, heavyweight Kimbo Slice, returns to the ring October 15 for only the second time as a professional boxer, facing Tay Bledsoe in a four-round bout at Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Nebraska.


“Kimbo Slice is a tremendous puncher,” his co-promoter Gary Shaw said.  “We believe that he has unlimited potential in boxing.  He’ll learn each fight and become even more of a threat in the boxing ring than he ever was in mixed martial arts.”


An underground combat-fighting legend, largely through You Tube, Kimbo Slice, aka Kevin Ferguson, made his much-anticipated MMA debut in a 2007 exhibition in Atlantic City, where he defeated former WBO heavyweight champion and Olympic gold-medalist Ray Mercer by way of a guillotine choke at 1:12 of the first round.  Slice soon signed a contract with ProElite and later joined the UFC.  


Slice’s development as a boxer has been on an accelerated pace because of world-renown trainer John David Jackson’s presence in his corner as chief second.


In his pro boxing debut this past August in Miami, Oklahoma, Slice (1-0, 1 KO) needed only 17 seconds, including the referee’s 10 count, to register a sensational knockout of James Wade.  In front of a sold-out crowd at Buffalo Run Casino, Slice immediately attacked Wade, cutting off the ring and throwing combinations, until a powerful right sent Wade through the ropes and into a deep sleep.


Slice’s other co-promoter, Tony Holden, believes Kimbo Slice is on his way to becoming the most exciting American heavyweight in years.  “The heavyweight division is searching for a star that can punch like Mike Tyson and fill arenas,” Holden commented.  “Kimbo is developing quickly as a heavyweight boxer and, when he gets some experience, look out!”


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