Kimbo Slice boxes himself in

August, 31, 2010
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Rossen By Jake Rossen
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Having established his name in both street fighting and mixed martial arts, Kimbo Slice appears to be heading into the third act of an unlikely athletic career: boxing. Slice, 36, has signed a contract with promoter Gary Shaw, the former head of EliteXC, and probably will be blanketed with the same care that marked his brief stay as the star of that promotion. Former heavyweight Peter McNeeley might get a phone call soon.


Slice was barely a fighter in five-ounce gloves, with the smashing of a cooked Tank Abbott and the twisting of Ray Mercer being his sole career "highlights." Club boxing would seem to be a better fit for him, with less of a demand on his cardiovascular system and the potential to put up a string of haymaker victories en route to a money fight with someone like Roy Jones Jr., who doesn't seem to be above a little circus action at this stage of the game. It probably also appeals to Slice's notoriously shaky work ethic: a couple of hours of boxing is better than several hours of MMA.

Shaw, although hardly a great mind outside of boxing, at least recognizes that Kimbo is an attraction, not a contender, and books him accordingly. That kind of pampering isn't possible in the UFC. They're a perfect pair.

Jake Rossen is a contributor to ESPN.com. His byline has appeared in the New York Times, Wired.com, and numerous other outlets. He began covering mixed martial arts in 1998.

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