The Real Story About The Cop Who Beat Kimbo Slice in a Street Fight
Kimbo Slice will forever be remembered as one of the greatest street fighters of all time. Born as Kevin Ferguson, Kimbo was born in the Bahamas but moved the United States early on, where, after a university education, went into unsanctioned street fighting in 2003. The videos shot the star to fame as they were circulated through adult websites. His highly attacking style was celebrated throughout the internet with many eagerly awaiting the release of footage of his next challenge. During his rise to fame, Slice gave open invitations for the public to come to take him on. The call was answered, by a man named Sean Gannon.
Gannon was a Boston-based police officer, not the usual type of person whom Kimbo was known to throw down with. The fight was organised to be bare knuckle and street rules. Many had written off Gannon before the first punch was thrown. And understandably so. He was overweight and barely looked like he would hold his own against the aggressive and powerful Slice.
But as the fight unfolded, Gannon showed a remarkable ability to whether the storm of punches unleashed by Kimbo. The fight looks to be pretty one-sided in the sense that Slice landed the majority of the hits, but Gannon’s ability to stay on his feet meant the Slice would have had to to rethink his tactics. In a sanctioned fight, Kimbo probably would have won on points, but this was street rules and fortune favoured the Boston cop.
Slice began to tire, and much like the Rumble in the Jungle, Gannon sensed his opportunity to pounce on his fatigued opponent. Slice crashed to the mat and after getting up, Gannon set upon him again until he was exhausted. Personnel stormed the fight-stage and the fight was over. An exhausted Kimbo had been dealt the only defeat of his bare knuckle career.
Kimbo, who died in 2016 of heart failure was remembered as a good guy by those close to him, despite his public reputation. Gannon said in an interview:
“Kimbo deserves a lot of credit here too, he essentially agreed to fight for free for charity, and never felt the need to brag about it.That’s the kind of guy he was, despite the rough exterior, always doing the right thing and never looking for a pat on the back afterwards. And that’s what this sport is all about.”
See highlights of the dust-up on the player below.