The road to fighting professionally was a bumpy one at the very least for 37-year-old Kevin Ferguson, known better as Kimbo Slice.
The YouTube sensation made an immeasurable leap from fighting in backyards to the professional MMA circuit, including having his chance with the UFC—the largest MMA organization in the world—and most recently making his debut as a professional boxer.
In the span of just over four years the backyard brawler that became a household name accomplished things that few fighters ever will while at the same time experienced lows fighters hope they never face.
After his abrupt exit from the UFC in 2010, it seemed that the Kimbo phase was finished for good and his name was going to fade away.
Two months ago Kimbo entered the square circle for his professional boxing debut, a fight he won by way of KO in the first round. Last weekend he followed up with another first round KO victory.
Is this the beginning of the next era of Kevin “Kimbo Slice “Ferguson? This writer says NO. Despite the fact he is and will continue to fight tomato cans, Kimbo has never shown anything special in any fight venue that would put him on the elite list of fighters.
He proved in his backyard fights that he can use his hands quite well. He fought bums that probably never had a single day of real training, and did what he was supposed to do—make easy work out of them.
But when he took his stab at MMA, he quickly realized that fighting professional fighters is a different world from his backyard glory days.
The fight sports world has always wondered how Kimbo would fare against a top level fighter, but we’ve never had the chance to get to that point because Kimbo can’t beat the low level men.
A few years back Kimbo was offered an opportunity to fight former 7 time world cruiserweight champion and current world heavyweight bareknuckle boxing champion Bobby Gunn in a bareknuckle match.
The payday would’ve been Kimbo’s biggest of his career, but his team declined the fight. If Kimbo would’ve lost that bareknuckle fight to Gunn his disappointing career would’ve been much more short-lived than it turned out to be, if in fact it did get off the ground at all.
So can Kimbo Slice make a run in the heavyweight division and become a world champion boxer? Highly unlikely, but he will keep his fans entertained with these tomato can fights that look more like staged scenes from Rocky 11 (?) than a professional bout.
If Kimbo wants to stand out above the rest, his best option is to step into the bareknuckle boxing world and take a shot at Bobby Gunn.
His road to glory in the boxing ring will likely end as his MMA career suddenly did, and at that point his name might by so insignificant that YouTube won’t even be able to resurrect what he once could’ve been.