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Kimbo Slice to make pro boxing debut

Kimbo Slice, right, throws a punch at James

Kimbo Slice, right, throws a punch at James Thompson of Manchester, England during the second round of their EliteXC heavyweight mixed-martial arts bout at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. (May 31, 2008) Credit: AP

According to a news release from promoter Gary Shaw, former MMA (and YouTube) fighterr Kimbo Slice is set to make his pro boxing debut on Aug. 13 at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla. 

"Even in his losses, Kimbo brought a level of excitement that few fighters can generate," Shaw said in a statement. "He is a genuine personality with unbelievable strength and character and we're excited about his prospects in boxing. The minute he steps in the ring, he'll be one of the most recognizable and talked-about fighters in the sport and his fans around the world will once again feel the excitement."

The release also stated Slice rose to worldwide prominence via the Internet and viral videos of a series of unlicensed street fights, each of which garnered millions of views. As a mixed martial artist, he competed for the EliteXC and UFC organizations and appeared on CBS, PPV and Showtime Network, going 4-2 against some of the world's best competition.  Slice drew record numbers of viewers to Spike for Season 10 of "The Ultimate Fighter" and in each of his network and cable bouts.

No opponent has been named yet.




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