Kimbo boxing coach: He needs a lot of work

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Kimbo fitted for training wheels at ATT

Even his handlers admit Kimbo Slice is raw, but he obviously has something going for him.

Read enough of Kimbo Slice’s press and you begin to get the idea that this is a man who may have no idea what he’s doing. spoke to Slice’s current boxing coach, American Top Team’s Howard Davis Jr., and Davis was candid about his protégé’s abilities.

Or lack thereof. “He needs a lot of work,” Davis said. “He puts a lot of turning and effort and committing to punching hard that sometimes, if he misses, he knocks himself off balance where people can take him down.”

This Davis fellow? He’s a no B.S. type. Which is nice. And for a guy who once noted on camera that he doesn’t know “what the f—” Greco-Roman wrestling is, Slice is still 3-1, including a decent showing against Roy Nelson and a sufficiently tenacious bit of resistance against James Thompson. This might come off like a Kimbo apologist’s note — “please excuse Kimbo’s lack of skill, he’s still new at this” — but I’ve seen fighters with a better foundation do far worse. ATT is about the best idea his management ever had. That, and the whole YouTube thing.

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