Kimbo Slice to Pursue Boxing Career

Kyle BanksContributor IIMarch 18, 2009

Former Internet brawling sensation Kimbo Slice is planning on pursuing a professional boxing career after he fulfills his remaining two mixed martial arts fights from the EliteXC contract he signed in 2007.

EliteXC ceased operation in late October 2008 and MMA promotion, Strikeforce bought EliteXC's contracts in February.

The 35 year-old Slice believes he can make a smooth transition into boxing.

"Boxing is really my first desire," said Slice. "I have a lot of love for it and believe I can do pretty well. MMA is somewhat of a project for me. Boxing is one dimensional while there are a lot of dimensions in MMA. I don't think it would be a hard transition from MMA to stand up boxing because of my fighting style."

Slice hasn't fought an MMA bout since his upset loss to Seth Petruzelli in October. The hype was quickly diminished and Kimbo's aura was faded after his loss to Petruzelli.

Kimbo Slice would create a buzz in the heavyweight division of boxing that hasn't been there for nearly a decade. A possible Mike Tyson vs. Kimbo Slice would definitely be a colossal pay-per-view sale.

Kimbo’s quick exit out of MMA will certainly have the MMA world talking about how Slice couldn't hack it and his 15 minutes of fame may soon be running out.