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Kimbo Slice Interview with touchgloves.com

LOS ANGELES, CA, MARCH 26 – A relative unknown in the professional boxing world, Kimbo Slice is anything but unknown to mixed martial arts (MMA) fans. Slice has been propelled to rock-star status, with a series of raw footage video clips that show him in bare-knuckle brawls and sometimes taking on two opponents, back-to-back. With a knockout style reminiscent of a young Mike Tyson and an intensity parallel to many world champion fighters, Slice has attracted fans from all over the world who crave to watch him in action.

Characterized as an underground street fighter, Slice will be taking on former Heavyweight Champion Ray Mercer on June 23rd at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City in an MMA Cage Match. In an exclusive interview with touchgloves.com Slice talks about his upcoming fight, his training and more.
Kimbo, thank you for taking the time to do this interview. How did you get started in the backyard-style street fights we’ve been seeing over the Internet?
The backyard was just a location that was picked. It was a personal beef between the guy and myself. It was a location that was picked and it started the whole backyard theme.
Do you have any formal training in boxing or mixed martial arts?
No, no I don’t. I’ve had a lot of fights on the ground. You know, a fight is a fight, you are as good as you are.

A lot of the videos show you having a boxing style. With the upcoming fight against Ray Mercer in a Cage under the rules of the New Jersey Athletic Board, are you now looking to change your style towards MMA?

I’m gonna bang it out, he wants to bang, we are gonna bang.

Have you ever considered Professional boxing?
Considered it. I’ve thought about it. But MMA is the next wave, its the new era. If anything I’ll stick with MMA. I wouldn’t box because its [MMA] is closer to the real thing. If I can do the real thing, its better.

Sounds like fighting Ray Mercer is not a one-time deal and you will continue to fight in MMA in the future.
I love fighting. I will do whatever I have to do as far as training, and getting myself to that level so that I could continue and look at it as a career. This will not be my only fight.

What are your thoughts on Ray Mercer and have you watched his past fights?

I mean, you know, he’s fighting. I would never disrespect anybody or underestimate anyone. I have respect for everyone as a fighter. Especially as a professional, he’s a professional boxer. I give him all the respect in the world as a fighter. When two men get in the ring, the best man is gonna walk out of there. The better man is going to win. I have all the respect in the world for every fighter. NOTE: There was a replay of Mercer against Evander Holyfield during this interview.

Have you started training? Are you doing anything different now?
I am training. Nothing different. I stay in shape all the time, because I never know when a fight is going to come up. I’m not changing my routine.

Should we expect to see more of the video series we’ve seen on the Internet?
Yeah, there’s about 10 more [fights].

What has been the driving force behind your fights and influenced you to fight?

I’m fighting to get paid, take care of my family and myself. Yeah, I love to fight. I’ll bang it out with anybody, but at the same time, if the purse is good, damn right, I’m there.

You’ve attracted a lot of attention and a lot of fans around the world. Why do you think they are drawn to you.
The reality part of it. I’m a real dude. You’ll see me around, holding my kid, you’ll see me at the mall. I’m not a fake dude. I’m a real life dude. I’m just like the average guy out there except that I have no fear that I’ll bang it out with anybody, I don’t care who that guy is. With all due respect to fighters. That’s what makes me different and my fans around the world, I’m sure they love that. I’ll see you and say whats up to you and we can get together and share a burger or a soda. It’s real life stuff you know.

Do you have a prediction on June 23rd against Ray Mercer?
I’m gonna get in there and do my best. I’m gonna give 110%. I’m not gonna sit down, I’m ready to bang it out you know.

Anything you want to say to your fans?
Stay tuned. After the fight, catch me “in the VIP”, and stay with it. Keep me in mind and keep me in your prayers.

Update 6/26/2007: New Kimbo Interview Post Mercer Fight
Update 6/23/2007: Kimbo Slice Destroys Ray Mercer in 1st Round
Update 3/30/2007: Ray Mercer Responds to Kimbo Slice
you can contact the author at rmaiker@touchgloves.com

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189 Responses to “Kimbo Slice Interview with touchgloves.com”

  1. BJ NYST says:

    I think a lot of you have some really strong views…which is great for the promoters… but honestly…This is one of those fights that we just have to wait and see what happens.
    The fact is that Kimbo is a powerful, raw, and agressive fighter, which is why he has such a large online following. He may be able to have some success in a promotion like MMA if he is willing to learn and work on his fitness.
    With that said, this fight will be won or lost by one man ….and that is Ray Mercer. The result all depends on the condition of Mercer. If he is, as many of you have suggested, rusty and out-of-shape, there is a good chance Mr Slice will send him packing. However if this is a Ray Mercer anywhere close to what he was during his boxing career, then there is no way Kimbo will be able to match his skills in the ring. I think Kimbo should be hoping that Mercer has infact lost a step since retiring because a debut lose in MMA will do nothing for his street-cred and may be the end of his fighting career. Also, i don’t think a Mercer win helps anyone, since he’s over the hill and way past his prime.
    This is great work by the promoters. Mercer is a good opponent for Slice. He is a credible opponent and will test Slice, which is what the fans want. But as i said, if the Ray Mercer that turns up, in any way resembles the old Ray Mercer of 1988, Kimbo will be taken to school
    Lets hope for a good 3 round fight. And like just the MMA promoters, i am hoping for a Kimbo victory.
    Good luck to both guys.

  2. Ken says:

    You guys might not know this… but Ray Mercer won a GOLD medal in the Olympics. Fcking Gold. He lost a split-decision to Lennox Lewis… and knocked Evander Holyfield down. Yes he waaaay past his prime, but he still has a solid chin and can hang 10 rnds. Kimbo will be dead tired after round 2.

  3. Rick Mac says:

    Kimbo got dominated in the only thing close to MMA he’s attempted. Gannon is a terrible fighter. After beating Kimbo the UFC gave him a fight against some can and Gannon got choked out in 20 seconds. If Kimbo couldn’t beat some fat cop, he doesn’t stand a chance against Mercer. All you internet worms know nothing about fighting.

  4. tre says:

    Ray Mercer won a GOLD medal in the Olympics. He lost a split-decision to Lennox Lewis… and knocked Evander Holyfield down 1000 yrs ago get with it and the only real good reason he lost to Gannon is because he didnt know shit about subs we will see how he will do with a lil bit of training now …gannos face looked like minced meat when he was finished …lucky he choked him

  5. Anoymous says:

    RIck Mac how can you say that Kimbo doesnt stand a chance against Mercer?!?! I’d like to see you get in the ring with em HAHAHA internet worm!

  6. ZI says:

    I’m sick of all you Kimbo haters. If you haven’t had any fights in the street, then you bitch ass faggots just don’t understand. I’d like to see you fight Ray Mercer or Kimbo!!! I respect anyone who really puts it down with their hands. I bet all you mothafuckas are pussies, if you don’t like Kimbo, don’t watch his fights, don’t watch the pay-per-view and let him know when you see him.

  7. RickMac says:

    Hey Anonymous, you can’t even leave your name coward. I never said I could fight these giant Africans. I said that Kimbo is a fake who fights clowns off the street. He fought one guy with a little training and got embarassed. He is garbage and will get knocked back to the nobody he is. Get off your hight horse you sad little douchebag.

  8. Anonymous says:

    OK EVERY ONE THINKS KIMBO HAS NO CHANCE …BUT RAY IS OLD AND MUCH SLOWER, I KOW KIMBO IS UN TRAINED BUT HE CAN TAKE MARE THAN RAY . I SAY KIMBO KOS RAY WITHIN FIRST TWO ROUNDS ONLY IF KIMBO CAN USE THE CAGE AND MAKES A DISTANCE AROUND RAY. IF NOT HE EILL STILL WIN KO OR THE REFF EILL BRAK IT UP

  9. pete says:

    comon kimbo
    keep it real and fuck himup

  10. Ray says:

    Hello,
    I respect both fighters!!.Don’t forget that these guys train realy hard for this fight.
    and whant archive their goal.Ray is not a old and fat man!!.I see this statement as a insult against kimbo.
    If Ray was old and fat kimbo wouldnt fight Ray .
    Therefore i wish both fighters the best of luck no matter what the outcome is.
    Cheers Ray.

  11. Ray says:

    Hello,
    I respect both fighters!!.Don’t forget that these guys train realy hard for this fight.
    and whant archive their goal.Ray is not a old and fat man!!.I see this statement as a insult against kimbo.
    If Ray was old and fat kimbo wouldnt fight Ray .
    Therefore i wish both fighters the best of luck no matter what the outcome is.
    Cheers Ray.

  12. logan says:

    kimbo is accually the favorite in this fight? -200 kimbo to mercer +160. seems odd but im gonna sell my house and lay it on mercer.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Someone will be putting their foot in their mouth at the end of all this, but i hope Kimbo loses, just for the sake of mixed martial arts.

  14. Harry the bas*ard says:

    Slice is a bully, fighting bums who know nothing.
    mercer will bang him out.
    If he ever stepped in the cage with a true top class mma fighter, he would get murdered in seconds.
    Fedor would laugh at him.
    shogun rua would beat all mma fighters full stop..he is the daddy right now..
    He dominated rampage and made him his new girlfriend..
    My local homeboy ricky the hitman hatton is a true classy fighter wh deserves respect, because thats what its all about..
    Respect..
    manchester uk in da house..

  15. J$money says:

    Ay Rick Mac (Yeah it’s Anonymous) you talk to much shit if you just gonna hate on Kimbo than don’t watch his fight tonight, but I guess you’ll just have to see tonight who wins the fight lil pussie and then you can keep yo fuckin’ mouth shut when Kimbo KO’s Mercer in the 2nd.
    P.S. I left my name this time BIATCH

  16. J$money says:

    Ay Rick Mac (Yeah it’s Anonymous) you talk to much shit if you just gonna hate on Kimbo than don’t watch his fight tonight, but I guess you’ll just have to see tonight who wins the fight lil pussie and then you can keep yo fuckin’ mouth shut when Kimbo KO’s Mercer in the 2nd.
    P.S. I left my name this time BIATCH

  17. J$money says:

    Oh, Rick Mac, one more thing the only reason Gannon beat Kimbo was cause’ he fought dirty and got lucky.

  18. Keith Holland says:

    I don’t expect Kimbo to win, but he really came across well in this interview. Seems like a nice guy who deserves a break. However, I don’t think Mercer is going to give him one!

  19. Anonymous says:

    I see a real waste of time and money here .
    It all adds up to hype.
    Mercer will knock his arse out within 1 minute.
    Ill be watching the hitman fill luis castillo in. now thats a real fight.
    Not a pair of dummys.
    Put kimbo slice in with fedor in pride mma and lets end this pricks bully run knocking out bums in maimi.
    come to the uk kimbo and ill introduce you to a few irish gypsys who would make you look the real fool you are..

  20. chris says:

    GO KIMBO, i used to think this guy was just some street punk (his buddies seem scummy) but if you look at the few things he does say he seems to be aware of his limits and does have a respect for MMA. anyone who thinks this guy sucks because of his lack of experience should look at the reality of the situation, uve got a natural born beast fighter with an open mind for training, watch out!

  21. jayntampabay says:

    kimbo all the way 813 gotcha back nugga…….

  22. jayntampabay says:

    kimbo all the way 813 gotcha back nugga…….

  23. J$money says:

    Sorry Rick, I was wrong Kimbo didnt take Mercer out in the 2nd…………. He took him out in the 1st. Now what u got to say now that Kimbo wooped his @$$. Yeah I know now your feelin like a sawty @$$ bitch

  24. jezuz f##cking christ says:

    LOL for all of you Kimbo Haters

  25. 213 brutha bioch says:

    fucking right kimbo hater’s mercer got done the fuck in. how u like kimbo now biiiiiich

  26. Pit says:

    Wow !!!, I was surprised that Kimbo did so good. Honestly I had doubts about Kimbo fighting in the ring against professional athletes. Just proves that Kimbo has the heart of a Lion and that he trained hard for this match and that he is no joke. Way to go Kimbo, from now I will not doubt you. Just a suggestion, does anybody want to see “Kimbo vs Gannon 2″. The only reason that Kimbo lost that fight was his conditioning, he was just too tired to continue, however did you see Gannon’s face, hahahahaha it got smashed up, even his own mother would not recognize him. Now he is a whole new class fighter, I believe he will WOOP GANNON ‘S ASS HARD.

  27. kevin buffalo, new york says:

    sasquath77 knows what he is talkin about, the dumb fuck the saint who says kimbo is no good should be stomped, kimbo is a thugged out street fighter with just as much fighting experience if not more than many professisonal boxers with no strings attached, growing up in miami and being known as the best around there much less around the world(hints:why we r talkin bout him right now) does not come easy, you got to get throguh some crazy shit to be labeled as that. and belgian the idiot who said kimbo will die is also retarded, have you not watched any of kimbo, he does have the fundamentals down and is a crazy huge fuckin gorrilla, kimbo would dominate every professional heavy weight boxer in a mma match but would have a big disadvantage in the ring obviously, but as far as street fighting goes(most similair to mma), kimbo has got every boxer beat ridicuously, lewis holyfield dont got shit on this street fighting machine

  28. looks like most of you analyzing a lost for kimbo have no idea what your talking about. kimbo wins with a 1st round choke out

  29. kevin buffalo, new york says:

    sasquath77 knows what he is talkin about, the dumb fxxk the saint who says kimbo is no good should be stomped, kimbo is a thugged out street fighter with just as much fighting experience if not more than many professisonal boxers with no strings attached, growing up in miami and being known as the best around there much less around the world(hints:why we r talkin bout him right now) does not come easy, you got to get throguh some crazy shit to be labeled as that. and belgian the idiot who said kimbo will die is also retarded, have you not watched any of kimbo, he does have the fundamentals down and is a crazy huge fuckin gorrilla, kimbo would dominate every professional heavy weight boxer in a mma match but would have a big disadvantage in the ring obviously, but as far as street fighting goes(most similair to mma), kimbo has got every boxer beat ridicuously, lewis holyfield dont got shit on this street fighting machine

  30. NuGz says:

    KIMBO NIGGA ALL THE WAY 305 TILL WE DIEEEEE

  31. Whitey, Flint says:

    Don’t get too carried away Buffalo Kevin and all you other hooligans. I argued Kimbo would win against Mercer on the ground…which he did. But he didn’t just beat Cro Cop or Couture or Fedor or…Jesus, he beat an old washed up man who was a boxer. I GUARANTEE that fight would have been much different had it taken place in a boxing ring. Remember… That is where Mercer used to fight.
    Kudos to Kimbo. He kicked his ass, but come on. He might has well beat up my grandma for all that fight proved. Mercer looked as about out of shape and underprepared as a fighter could. I really guarantee if it would have been one of Kimbo’s backyard stand up fights (nothing on the ground-just boxing) Kimbo would not have had it so good. Seriously, Mercer had his ass kicked by an average K-1 fighter. Wow, Kimob is the MAN!!!
    Once Kimbo fights someone who is half way decent then start talking about his greatness. He may be great on the street, but pull any average MMA fighter out to a street fighter and their going to lay down the hurt too…so it doesn’t prove shit. Oh yeah, about Gannon’s face. The dude is white! He shows the damage. Kimbo is black as night and has a huge beard! He doesn’t!

  32. Reji says:

    Haha all you mother fuckers who hate Kimbo have been silenced,stop makin up your shitty excuses & face that Kimbo kicked Rays ass! KIMBOS #1 FAN RIGHT HERE!!!!!

  33. Reji says:

    Haha all you mother fuckers who hate Kimbo have been silenced,stop makin up your shitty excuses & face that Kimbo kicked Rays ass! KIMBOS #1 FAN RIGHT HERE!!!!!

  34. whitey, flint says:

    Don’t get too carried away Buffalo Kevin and all you other hooligans. I argued Kimbo would win against Mercer on the ground…which he did. But he didn’t just beat Cro Cop or Couture or Fedor or…Jesus, he beat an old washed up man who was a boxer. I GUARANTEE that fight would have been much different had it taken place in a boxing ring. Remember… That is where Mercer used to fight.
    Kudos to Kimbo. He kicked his ass, but come on. He might has well beat up my grandma for all that fight proved. Mercer looked as about out of shape and underprepared as a fighter could. I really guarantee if it would have been one of Kimbo’s backyard stand up fights (nothing on the ground-just boxing) Kimbo would not have had it so good. Seriously, Mercer had his ass kicked by an average K-1 fighter. Wow, Kimob is the MAN!!!
    Once Kimbo fights someone who is half way decent then start talking about his greatness. He may be great on the street, but pull any average MMA fighter out to a street fighter and their going to lay down the hurt too…so it doesn’t prove shit. Oh yeah, about Gannon’s face. The dude is white! He shows the damage. Kimbo is black as night and has a huge beard! He doesn’t!

  35. kimbo1 says:

    hey
    some of you people thinks i will get k.o well your wrong i beat in less than 2 minutes!! and people that likes me all i can say is thanks for supporting.
    kimbo slice

  36. Dazza says:

    Hmmm I’d run Kimbo’s F#@**!! Huge

  37. djreakt says:

    dude
    I bet all of you out there talkin greasy about kimbo couldnt go ten seconds with the man. you guys say that he fights bums all the time. well like he says he is just an average dude with no training. he’s gotta start somewhere. give him a couple years and he will be unstoppable against anybody. he had to eat alot of chicken and drink alot of milk and knock alot of heads out to be where he is at. so you gotta give it up to kimbo.

  38. Anonymous says:

    man, yall got kimbo fucked up. that man is knocking a bitch straight out!! damn i live for kimbo. pure muscle man….

  39. Anonymous says:

    im interested in meeting kimbo. i work with a boxing production out of Atlanta Ga/ Ftlauderdale,Fl. ive been watching kimbo fights and i would love to meet him.we also have street fighters as well as boxers. if possible kimbo can e-mail me at http://www.triniparkr@yahoo.com. GET AT ME BOYY!!!!!!!

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