Gary Shaw open to European fight offers for Kimbo Slice

Phil Jay 07/10/2014

World Boxing News have exclusively been told that former MMA star and backyard brawler Kimbo Slice would be open to a fight in Europe after his ring career stalled in recent months.

Promoter Gary Shaw is considering Slice’s next move as the hard-hitter approaches two-years out of action on the back of a second round knockout win over Shane Tilyard in Sydney, Australia back in January 2013.

When contacted by WBN last week, Shaw stated that a fight in Australia had recently fallen through, before being asked whether he would accept fights in Europe – with the UK and Germany specific venues discussed.

Shaw was receptive to the idea pitched and WBN then sent on the information to the likes of top UK promoter Eddie Hearn and Kalle Sauerland of the successful German operators, who were told that Slice was available.

South African-based promoter Rodney Berman, who is branching out to the UK in the near future, was also informed about the fact that Slice would travel to secure his next fight, and it’s now just a matter of seeing how things pan out for the 40 year-old.

Matchroom’s Hearn was the first to comment on the idea of taking up the offer to have Kimbo on one of his cards, although a suggestion by Kugan Cassius of IFL TV that Audley Harrison would be in with a chance of facing him were quickly laughed off.

Four-round specialist Slice, real name Kevin Ferguson, has won all seven of his fights since entering the paid ranks – six of which came by knockout, and with his worldwide reputation coming from his hoard of YouTube clips, the exciting heavyweight would be a welcome addition to any fight card around the world.

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