The news came down earlier this week that Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson would be foregoing—or at least delaying—his professional boxing career for a run in pro wrestling.
It was officially announced on Tuesday that Slice would be making his pro wrestling debut in Japan under the Inoki Genome Federation banner at the “Genome 14” event on Feb. 5.
The event will take place in Fukuoka, Japan, and Slice is scheduled to take on former Sumo wrestler Shinichi Suzukawa in the first round of the IGF Championship Tournament.
Suzukawa, perhaps the organization’s most pushed wrestler who had a controversial match with former UFC champion Mark Coleman, has some experience in pro wrestling himself.
According to Coleman’s friend and fellow MMA star Phil Baroni, Suzukawa refused to follow the predetermined finish to the match.
It will be interesting to see who is booked to win the match between Slice and Suzukawa, but while Slice’s professional boxing debut was anticipated by many, his pro wrestling debut may be even more electrifying.
It just makes sense.
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