The Nassau Guardian recently caught up with street fighting sensation Kimbo Slice, who touched on a number of subjects including Ken Shamrock getting injured before their May 31st fight, his current status in MMA and a possible transition to pro boxing. Slice last fought in October 2008 at Elite XC: “Heat”, where he was defeated by replacement fighter Seth Petruzelli. Kimbo Slice’s loss on Elite XC’s October event was believed to be the nail in the coffin for the promotion, which has since drastically scaled back its operations.
Below are excerpts from the interview:
Kevin “kimbo Slice” Ferguson On Shamrock getting injured before their fight:
“In some cases, if you are too far advanced in promoting a MMA fight, anything can happen to the fighter. A fighter can get an injury, causing him to pull out of the fight; like Shamrock [MMA fighter Ken Shamrock] getting a cut above his eye and backing out at the last minute. That left me having to fight an opponent who I knew nothing about. If the fight is called off then it would mean bad business for that promoter and that also affected me,” said Ferguson.
Slice on possible move to boxing:
“Boxing is really my first desire. I have a lot of love for it and believe I can do pretty well. [The sport of] 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,” noted Slice.
“Out of no disrespect to my country, seeing as I am there [United States] and already established a relationship in the fighting world, I would have to continue that until I get officially set up. Furthermore, I have two more MMA fights scheduled before this year is out. Every fighter and athlete knows that you should not switch camps in the middle of something. Also, I train in Florida. My MMA trainer will also be training me for stand up boxing. Finishing up my contract would allow me to be a free agent,” he said.
Kimbo on Transition from MMA to Boxing:
“Not taking anything away from boxing preparation, MMA training is extremely hard,” said Ferguson. “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.”
Kimbo on current MMA status:
“The last two fights that I have left in MMA don’t have set dates,” he said. “Everything normally gets set up six to eight weeks prior to the fight. Nearer to that point I would be told the particulars like who my opponent is and where the fight would be. With boxing, you can have a fight on Monday and if you are well you can have another fight the following week. Before the month is out, you would have already fought on several cards. In MMA, whether you are well or not, there is a six-week waiting period before you can engage in any other battle.”