James Toney Wants To Welcome Kimbo Slice To Boxing (Update)

“I’ve always been the same person, UFC ain’t done [expletive] to me except put more money in my pocket. Bring me down or tear me up, the UFC was what it was; the opportunity to make some money and feed my family. That’s what it was. I’ve always been humble and I’ll still be that way. They [didn't] make or break me… Fighting is just something I love to do whether it’s MMA or boxing. I tried MMA, but now I’m back to what my first love was… This training is different. I’m being broken down to be rebuilt again. I’m taking everything one day at a time, one step at a time, one punch at a time…I’m just here. Line me up with whoever. Bring the best.”

—Kimbo Slice on MMA Fighting’s The MMA Hour talking about his transition to boxing

It’s funny Kimbo mentions he’ll fight whoever because one prominent boxer you’ll probably recognize, James Toney, has already called him out.

“I heard Gary Shaw was talking shit about me… Tell Gary Shaw I’m down to fight Danny Green or welcome Kimbo to boxing… It would have been like taking candy from a baby for me to fight him [Kimbo Slice] with 4 ounce gloves on. But now, since his promoter wants to talk shit about me, I will gladly welcome him into boxing. I fought a MMA legend in my first MMA bout, so now he can fight a legend in his first pro boxing bout.”

Word was Kimbo was offered to fight Toney in the UFC, but turned it down. If Kimbo’s willing to fight “whoever” or “the best” in boxing though, does that mean he’ll be willing to step inside a boxing ring with James Toney?

Image via Esther Lin for ProElite.com

Update: Kimbo Slice denies he ever turned down a fight against James Toney in the UFC, and seems to be open to fighting him in a boxing ring.

“I never heard anything about me fighting James Toney, but you know, like I said, again, I’ll fight anybody, man. C’mon, everybody knows that about me from my street-fighting days. Put anybody in front of me, train me to be the best, I’ll fight the best. That’s one thing about Kimbo Slice that everybody knows.”

  • Billdo

    No. He won’t.

  • gradiz92

    I can see strikeforce all over this….typical for them to pickup the UFC’s leftovers.

    • LEFT

      Dumbass, in a boxing match.

      Kimbo will be finished in 2 if he steps in with Toney.

  • http://www.findmmagym.com Will

    Seriously, Kimbo would die by Toney’s hands in the boxing ring. As I’ve stated before, I’d love to see Toney in the octagon again. Dana White will definitely match him up with an overweight, out of shape, heavyweight that wants to stand up and trade.
    Not too many heavyweights in the UFC like to roll around and pound. Anyway, it’s too bad Kimbo was cut by White. A kimbo vs. toney matchup card would be ‘fun’ to watch.

  • sandman

    First off, Toney would destroy Kimbo in a boxing match! Secondly, neither fighter has any business in the UFC. Toney does not have the training nor does he possess the all-around skills necessary to compete in mma. Kimbo, a street brawler, was also given an opportunity inside the cage. Again, he lacks the training and skills for mma competition. The UFC is not an open door circus show (though some fights you gotta question), so to keep either one of these guys on the roster is ridiculous…

  • Big D

    I still wanna see Kimbo fight someone in a boxing match because that means I get to go to the casino, drink, smoke, and eat on a Saturday night in Vegas!! Lol.

  • NEW ZEALAND

    Either fighter has the chance, however in saying that James Toney being James Toney I don’t think Kimbo could beat him in a boxing fight. Not that im taking anything away from Kimbo, hes a warrior without a doubt any man that climbs into any arena taking on a great is a man indeed. It is very easy for us critics and fans to give our oppinions and sometimes we go beyond the necessary, could we fight these two men ???????????? Toney and Kimbo ???????????? But  I route for Toney since Day 1, last of the true OLD SCHOOL FIGHTERS…

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