If you've been cruising around the Internet long enough, then you've probably seen Kimbo Slice's fights. Some of the most famous include him severely damaging another fighter's eye socket, and a true underground fight against Boston police officer Sean Gannon. This Saturday, we get to see him in a sanctioned event that will be broadcast on Showtime.
For years, Kimbo Slice has been an Internet sensation for his backyard brawls, battering and bruising complete strangers. Now, fight fans will get to find out if he has the skills to be a true professional.
Slice, whose real name is Kevin Ferguson, signed a long-term deal with EliteXC on Oct. 11th. This Saturday night he will make his debut for the promotion on the EliteXC: Renegade show at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. The event will also air on Showtime beginning at 10p.m. ET.
Slice beat Ray Mercer in an exhibition of sorts back in June, though it did show that he has the skills to do more than just throw wild, but extremely powerful, punches. It will be interesting to see how far he's progressed since he's been training with former UFC champ Bas Rutten, and he's no longer fighting high.
"In a backyard fight, I used to enter those things high," says Slice. "I was smoking before I went out to fight. Now it's different. I know these guys that are fighting me are professionals. So I have to bring my A game."
And if you've seen the videos, there's little doubt that his opponents have as well and they would love to defeat someone with as much hype as Kimbo.