Well not quite yet, but according to a chat between Kimbo (Kevin Ferguson) and The Nassau Guardian, the “YouTube sensation” is now looking to pursue his first love: professional boxing. As opposed to, you know, that mixed martial arts stuff he was involved with these last few years. Check it out:
“Boxing is really my first desire…MMA is somewhat of a project for me. Boxing is one dimensional while there are a lot of dimensions in MMA. I don’t think it would be a hard transition from MMA to stand-up boxing because of my fighting style. Not taking anything away from boxing preparation, MMA training is extremely hard.
When you consider martial arts training, you have to prepare for kicks to the head and legs, and opponents wanting to grapple and throwing you to the ground, pounding you with their knees and hands, whereas in boxing you just have to be prepared to weave and bob although the training can be just as intense. At this point in my career, I want to take that same drive and focus that I invested in MMA and put that into training for pro-boxing cards.”
Makes sense to me, Kimbo. But why now? I always wondered why exactly Slice, now 35, delved so deeply into MMA despite boxing (or brawling, if you must) clearly being his dominant and perhaps only aptitude. Surely, Slice could have talked to former gelatinous EliteXC figurehead Gary Shaw and stated his interest in the sweet science. After all, Shaw is a boxing promoter first and foremost. Given, the money wouldn’t have been great right away, but big time boxing paydays still dwarf MMA salaries, and its likely Kimbo could have received something substantial after only a few smaller fights. Oh well. Better late than never…right?
Slice’s contract, which is now under Strikeforce since ProElite abandoned ship, has two MMA bouts remaining which Kimbo says he plans on fulfulling before 2009 is up. Then, its all boxing for the Reality Kings bodyguard. And to think Don King is trying to get into MMA now just as Kimbo is on his way out. Sucka!