The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


August 11, 2011

Slice to make boxing debut in Miami

MIAMI, Okla. — Kimbo Slice, best known for his brawling scenes on the Internet, makes his professional boxing debut Saturday night at Buffalo Run Casino at Miami, Okla.

Slice, whose real name is Kevin Ferguson, is matched against James Wade of St. Charles, Mo., whose record is 0-1, in the four-round main event of a six-fight card that begins at 8 p.m.

Slice, 37, developed his reputation with a series of unlicensed fights that attracted millions of views on the Internet. He competed for the Elite XC and UFC organizations as a mixed martial artist in fights shown on CBS, pay per view and the Showtime network.

“Kimbo was always meant to be in the ring,” said Jared Shaw, Team Kimbo Promotional Advisor, in a statement. “He’s one of the hardest punchers in the world and on Aug. 13, his journey to becoming America’s heavyweight begins.”

Tickets are available through Gary Shaw Productions and Tony Holden Promotions are backing the event. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Other bouts on the card include a middleweight matchup of James Cook of Springfield, Mo. (11-4, eight knockouts), against Abel Perry of Colorado Springs, Colo. Perry is 14-5 with six knockouts.

Carlos Torres of Joplin, who knocked out his first two opponents, faces Desmond Hubbard of Fort Smith, Ark. in a four-round cruiserweight matchup.

Franklin Lawrence of Indianapolis, Ind., brings of a record of 15-2 with 10 KOs into a matchup against an opponent to be determined.

Lazar Stojandovic of Miami, Fla. makes his pro debut against Lydell Rhodes of Oklahoma City in a four-round junior welterweight bout. Rhodes is 2-0 with one KO.

A women’s lightweight matchup pits Racquel Bailey of Oklahoma City against Kerri Hill of Russellville, Ark. Bailey is 1-1, while Hill is 3-10 with one KO.

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