Kimbo Slice vs. Roy Jones Jr. Exhibition Boxing Fight in Jamaica This December

Legendary boxer Roy Jones Jr., long past his prime, will take on MMA punchline Kimbo Slice in an exhibition boxing match in December in Montego Bay, Jamaica, according to a report by the Jamaica Observer.

The event is being put on by Jamaican company Giomax Entertainment in conjunction with Stewart’s Auto Sales and it was organized to be part of the country’s 50-year anniversary celebration. Mind you, Slice was born in the Bahamas and Jones is from Pensacola, Fla.

“He’s a big streetfighter with a lot of power, so early in the fight he can be very dangerous… but as the fight goes on, my mental experience should take over,” Jones said at an event to announce the bout. “But for the first five rounds he will be very deadly.”

Jones (56-8), a former three-division champion, is 43 years old and doesn’t have a significant victory since beating Jeff Lacy in 2009. Slice switched to boxing last year after a disastrous, short-lived MMA career. He’s 5-0 as a boxer with four knockouts against low-level competition.

Slice, who gained fame through YouTube videos of his streetfights, was the feature fighter for MMA promotion Elite XC despite having very little actual MMA training under his belt. He was spoonfed two easy victories until journeyman Seth Petruzelli, filling in for over-the-hill Ken Shamrock, knocked him out cold with a jab in primetime on CBS. Petruzelli typically fights at light heavyweight, while Slice is a heavyweight.

After their moneymaker’s horrendous loss, Elite XC folded soon after. Due to his uncanny drawing power, the chiseled, bearded Slice got a shot in the UFC as part of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show. He was defeated by eventual tournament Roy Nelson in his very first fight, yet still given a UFC contract, because that season of “The Ultimate Fighter” was the highest rated ever.

Slice, 38, actually beat Houston Alexander in his first official UFC fight, but was dismantled by Matt Mitrione in May 2010, effectively ending his MMA career.

Jones, on the other hand, is a future boxing Hall of Famer – a far different resume than his next opponent. It should be a gigantic mismatch in favor of Jones. But it’s almost certain if it airs somewhere, a lot of people will watch it despite its freak-show qualities.

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