Kimbo Slice Begins Boxing
Report & Photos By William Trillo
One of the most
recognizable faces in MMA fighting, Kimbo Slice has
picked up and moved to Southern California as he
prepares to begin his professional boxing career. Slice
recently signed a deal with Boxing Promoter Gary Shaw
with the intentions of climbing into the squared circle
as a pure boxer sometime before the end of the year.
The 6’1” Slice showed up
to The Maywood Gym Monday morning and with Gary Shaw
looking on Slice wrapped up his hands and got his boxing
career under way.
Under the tutelage of
trainer Clemente Medina, the former MMA star is in good
hands. If Medina’s name sounds familiar that’s because
he is the man who has guided Jr. Middleweight Interim
Champ Alfredo Angulo’s career.
“El Perro” was also on
hand and kept a watchful eye on his newest stable mate.
Along with Medina, Shaw has brought in Darryl Hudson as
his strength and conditioning coach.
Shaw, who flew across
the country assured Pound4Pound.com that he was going to
make sure Kimbo gets in the proper work before he sets
the fighting machine loose, “The last thing I want to do
is make this a sideshow,” said Shaw who added, “I look
for somewhere around November or December before we see
him in the ring.”
“I am not looking to
hype this and rob the fans money like that James Toney
vs. Randy Couture fight. The only way Toney could have
won that fight is if when the bell rang Couture fell
over and had a heart attack. It wasn’t a fight at all
and Toney didn’t even come into the fight in shape or
looking like a fighter,” exclaimed Shaw.
On the contrary Shaw
noted, “As you can see Kimbo came here in shape, he’s
down to about 218 pounds and as he gets ready we will
move him up slowly, but he will climb up that ladder.
Look, this guy started out as a backyard fighter and
that takes more nuts to do that than just about anything
he will see in the ring with a referee ready to jump in
when he hurts someone or gets hurt.”
As Shaw said, the last
thing we are going to have to worry about is Slice
getting hit or getting hurt and then wanting to get out.
An excited Shaw then asked, “Did you see him hitting the
pads? He is naturally offensive, and he wants to come
forward and attack...that’s a great sign!”
All signs point to Kimbo
Slice making his professional boxing debut in the next
few months and it should be something to see. Kimbo
isn’t known to say no to any challenge and you have to
assume he is ready, willing and soon to be able to take
on his new job with a full head of steam!