Kimbo Slice sure does surround himself with some shifty people. I’m not so surprised that a guy like him has a manager named Icey Mike, but what’s up with Kimbo continuing to associate himself with Jared Shaw, idiot son of boxing promoter Gary Shaw? Here’s Jared, Kimbo’s ‘promoter’, calling out football player turned moonlighting boxer Ray Edwards:
“I’ll tell you right now on the air, I’ve called Mike Riley to get in touch with Ray Edwards’ people and I’ve made an open challenge to come fight Kimbo Slice. That fight I will deliver,” Shaw said in an appearance on MMAWeekly Radio.
“If Ray Edwards wants to step up and fight Kimbo Slice I will deliver that to the public. There’s two guys that come from athletic backgrounds, that haven’t been in the ring that many times, so let’s see two big boys bang it out. If Ray Edwards thinks he’s a great boxer, then maybe he thinks he can go through Kevin Ferguson very quickly.”
Edwards, who is currently sidelined from his pro career as an NFL player due to the current lockout, has said he wanted to pursue boxing because it’s something he’s always aspired to.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do in my life,” Edwards told The Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “I can’t put my eggs all in one basket, waiting for the NFL to settle the lockout. You never know when this lockout is going to end.”
If Edwards is successful in his first fight, Kimbo Slice would be very happy to become his second opponent. Edwards stated he signed a two-fight deal for boxing.
“Some people will call it a circus, but you can call it whatever you want,” Shaw stated. “It’s two guys who are willing to get in the ring and bang it out. I don’t really call that a circus.”
Yeah, lockout footballer versus backyard brawler promoted by certified idiot sounds totally legit to me.