Oft-maligned former UFC heavyweight fighter Kimbo Slice continued his undefeated streak in professional boxing over the weekend, knocking out the unheralded Jesse Porter in 36 seconds in a fight held inside the Lucky Star Casino in Concho, Oklahoma.
Slice (5-0 boxing, 4-2 MMA) began peppering Porter (3-5 boxing) with left and right hooks soon after the bell rang, eventually landing an uppercut that floored the listless fighter.
Slice’s victory Saturday comes in the wake of the controversy surrounding his last fight, a fourth-round knockout victory over MMA fighter Brian Green. Green made his professional boxing debut against Slice, dominated the fight, and then somehow got knocked out in the waning seconds of the final round. Many fans considered the fight fixed, though Green vehemently denied that he would ever throw a fight.
Slice has largely become an afterthought in the fighting world since the glory days of his YouTube fights, where he defeated all his opponents save one, Boston police officer and MMA fighter Sean Gannon (2-1 MMA), who also competed at UFC 55.
Fighting fans have to a great extent been underwhelmed by Slice’s transition from Internet sensation to professional fighter. After going 3-1 in EliteXC, Slice competed on The Ultimate Fighter 10, where he lost an exhibition bout to Roy Nelson and beat Houston Alexander at the TUF 10 Finale. A later TKO loss to Matt Mitrione at UFC 113 saw Slice released from the UFC for good.
One can’t help but wonder where Slice goes from here. While his undefeated boxing record is commendable, he hasn’t fought what many would consider to be recognizable opponents. And at 38 years old and with arthritis in his knee, it’s unclear if Slice will ever regain the stature he once had.
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