New York City, NY, May 22- Wednesday, May 10th Ray Mercer and Kimbo Slice met face to face at a press confernence in Manhattan. There were few words spoken between each man. Mercer said, “I’m not a UFC fighter, but I’m down to get down n’ dirty…it’s gonna be the s**t”. Kimbo replied with even fewer words saying, “I ain’t got much to say, but I’m gonna break you boss” as he faced the more experienced Mercer. Each man was very respectful of each other with regard to their history and physical talents. Kimbo Slice is known for his notorious clips all over the internet, but what is it like to see him in person?
The first two thoughts that came to mind were combination of a skit from Chapelle Show and the WWF character “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson. In ibe if the most famous episodes of Chapelle Show, actor Charlie Murphy describes an “Aura” around his friend Rick James. Murphy says, “I was star-struck…we’re going to hang out with Rick James tonight!!!…and here he comes out of the room…I’m looking at him, and I’m not BS’ing…I see…like an orange…his ora…or whatever…I’ve seen it!” Seeing a man like Kimbo Slice in person, you can’t take your eyes off of him as his aura commands it. There is no “orange glow” to Kimbo’s aura, but you find yourself keeping an eye on him at all times with him in the room.
Dwayne Johnson, aka “the Rock”, was self proclaimed as “The Peoples Champ”. Kimbo Slice is not one to brag; he lets his actions speak louder than his words. Today “The Rock” is no more, but there will soon be a new people’s champ in town. On June 23rd, win or lose, Kimbo Slice will take the crown as the peoples champ, and those who do not know his name will be in for a treat.
Looking at each man’s resume, one would assume that Ray Mercer would destroy this guy straight off the streets, Kimbo Slice, who has no professional fighting experience. One perspective would declare Mercer as the experienced fighter, the former heavyweight champion, the former Olympic champion, etc. Skeptics will look at Mercer as the old washed up fighter, a man who had a great career in boxing, but his time has passed and he only want this fight for the pay day. There is a new generation of fight fans who will look to Kimbo and see the next generation of fighter, the peoples champ, someone who takes on a fight no matter where and when.
June 23rd will be an epic battle, a battle for blood, a battle for pride, a battle for honor. This battle will be for heart, and the claim to the people’s championship between a street guy from the hood and a former boxing champ. June 23rd, Kimbo vs. Mercer…A People’s Champ Will Be Born!
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