Kimbo Slice gets ready for boxing, Gary Shaw no longer needs Viagra

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Remember Kimbo Slice? The “internet sensation” that arguably was the death-knell of Elite XC, and that was eliminated from season 10 of “The Ultimate Fighter” but still got a contract with the UFC, then kind of sucked in his fights and got released? He’s baaack!

Pound4Pound.com is reporting that Kimbo has begun training (a miracle unto itself) in Southern California at The Maywood Gym. His new trainer is Clemente Medina who has also coached Jr. Middleweight Interim Champ Alfredo Angulo. Slice is also being supervised by Gary Shaw, who has high hopes that Kimbo will climb the ranks of professional boxing and be the meteoric star that Shaw wanted him to be in Elite XC.

“The last thing I want to do is make this a sideshow,” Shaw said to Pound4Pound reporter William Trillo, “I look for somewhere around November or December before we see him in the ring.” Shaw also added, “As you can see Kimbo came here in shape, he’s down to about 218 pounds and as he gets ready we will move him up slowly, but he will climb up that ladder. Look, this guy started out as a backyard fighter and that takes more nuts to do that than just about anything he will see in the ring with a referee ready to jump in when he hurts someone or gets hurt.”

In the long run, it seems that Shaw learned nothing from his mistakes in MMA, and is hoping that since most boxing fans vehemently hate MMA, that they are unaware of Kimbo’s losses in this sport and that his name will still be a strong draw (much like Jakks Pacific hoping to sell Kimbo action figures with chest hair). Goes to show you, when Gary Shaw likes something, he does not let it go, much like a tumor. Slice should have a better run in boxing though, but considering his MMA record again, that is not such a difficult task.

If you liked the photo above, hit the jump to see some of William’s great photos of Kimbo or check out his gallery for all of them!

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