Former street fighting sensation turned MMA fighter Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson has aborted a boxing career, according to his former promoter. Kimbo will instead try his luck in pro wrestling on Feb. 5 against former Sumo wrestler Shinichi "Wakakirin" Suzukawa.
Mixed martial artist Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson has aborted plans take up a career in professional boxing, according to former promoter Jared Shaw.
In August 2010, the 36-year-old Bahamian-American mixed martial artist announced his intentions to venture into boxing and become the star in the heavyweight division.
Shaw said that Ferguson abruptly quit his boxing plans in October.
The former street fighting sensation turned MMA fighter reportedly left boxing training camp, citing various injuries and the filming of his part in the movie, The Scorpion King.
“Upon his return, he didn't show me any interest in boxing, so we just decided for right now to put it to the side," Shaw said via MMA Fighting.com.
Shaw added: "In boxing, in order to be amongst the best in the world, he was going to have to put in double the work he was accustomed to. Due to the wear and tear on his body, he wasn't able to perform up to the standard we wanted him to."
Ferguson, who started his career in unsanctioned street fights which were spread on the Internet, was dubbed “Slice” after he left a large cut on one of his opponent’ right eye in a street fight.
It was later combined with his already popular childhood nickname, Kimbo.
After leaving the underground fighting scene, Ferguson signed with EliteXC in 2007 for the start of his MMA career, but the said organization ceased operation in 2008, citing bankruptcy.
He went on to the UFC, but had relative success. Ferguson downed Houston Alexander on December 2009 at The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale via a unanimous decision.
Ferguson was later released in May 2010 after a second round TKO loss to Matt Mitrione at UFC 113.
Meanwhile, the 6-foot-2, 234-pound Kimbo will make his pro wrestling debut on Feb. 5.
He will clash with former Sumo wrestler Shinichi "Wakakirin" Suzukawa at “Genome 14” event in Fukuoka, Japan, the Inoki Genome Federation pro wrestling organization announced Tuesday.