MIAMI, Okla. - Former mixed martial arts figher Kevin Ferguson, better known as "Kimbo Slice," made his heavyweight professional boxing debut on Saturday at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla.
Slice, who had a 4-2 record in the Ultimate Fighting Championships, defeated James Wade (0-2) of Saint Charles, Mo., in 10 seconds. Slice threw only four punches - two jabs which didn't land, a third jab which slammed Wade into the ropes and a straight right hand which knocked Wade unconscious through the ropes. About a minute after the knockout paramedics were summoned, but waved off after Wade regained consciousness.
It was the final of seven fights of the evening, including a crusierweight bout with surprise fighter Allan Greene, Tulsa, Okla., 30-3 (21 KOs). Greene, who has fought several times at Buffalo Run, returned to the ring to face Craig Gandy, Harrisburg, Ark., 7-4-1 (6 KOs). Early in the first round Gandy shocked Green, catching him on the way in with an overhand right which left Green on wobbly legs for much of the rest of the first round.
Green punished Gandy for much of the second round before the referee stopped the fight at 2:28 of the second round.
The other big fight of the evening was the No. 4 heavyweight in the US, Franklin Lawrence, Indianapolis, Ind., 16-2, (11 KOs), who faced Marcus Rhode of Russellville, Ark., 34-42 (29 KOs). The fight was over quick with Lawrence sending Rhode to the mat three times in the first round. While the three-knock-down rule was not in effect under the unified rules of boxing commissions, the referee stopped the fight at 2:21 of the first round after the third knock down.
Lawrence said after the fight Rhode simply "wasn't ready for my trick bag." Lawrence will be facing an undetermined fighter on HBO in September.
In other fights cruiserweight Carlos Torres TKO'd Desmond Hubbard at 2:51 of round three. Junior Welterweight Haskell Rhodes picked up a unanimous decision over Keith Collins in a four round bout to improve to 4-0 with 2 KOs. Middleweight Able Perry stopped Marteze Logan at 1:53 of round six. In the only women's match of the night it was a split draw. The fight was a six round bout between Raquel Bailey of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Kerri Hill of Russelville, Ark. One judge scored the bout 58-56 Logan, another scored it 58-56, Hill. The third judge had the bout 57-57 giving a tie.