Former street-fighter Kevin Ferguson aka Kimbo Slice was successful in his second professional boxing match, knocking out Tay Bledsoe in the very first round of their Oct. 15 bout. The fight was held at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Nebraska.
Right from the start, Kimbo took control of the boxing match, keeping Bledsoe occupied with his constant pressure. Kimbo eventually caught Bledsoe with an overhand right, knocking the 30 year old boxer out cold. Just like in Kimbo’s boxing debut, it took a few minutes before his opponent recovered from the brutal knockout.
Kimbo’s style always seemed better suited for boxing, and it’s really not that surprising to see him win his second boxing match. For one, Kimbo displayed some serious punching power on his internet street-fighting videos and short MMA career.
Kimbo’s promoter Gary Shaw has done a good job of picking his opponents, and that pattern will probably continue. Kimbo isn’t facing the toughest boxers in the world right now, but that is the norm for any 2-0 boxer.
Kimbo would be wise to take his time as he tried to climb up the heavyweight ladder. At 37 years old, time isn’t on Slice’s side, and his chances of reaching the top of the division are pretty slim. Kimbo still has a lot to learn about the sweet science, but he certainly has the heart of a fighter. Slice certainly brings some much needed excitement to the heavyweight division.
Slice has already shown he has a knack for selling out venues, and most promoters would like to have a fighter with his marketing power. At 2-0 (2KO’s) Kimbo will continue to sellout venues, and I’m sure he has many more knockouts to dish out.
Eventually, Slice will need to go after tougher competitors if he wants to be taken seriously as a heavyweight. Boxing’s heavyweight division isn’t exactly the deepest, and it will be interesting to see how far Slice can go.