Chuck Liddell had some words for Kimbo Slice in The Sun about how he thinks Kimbo might be a bit overrated:
“Kimbo’s one of those guys who doesn’t have any ground game. He’s training and he’s learning but he’s been built up as such a big star and that’s the thing that bothers me. People talk about him like he’s the next great thing when he really hasn’t done anything. He’s been built up because of the Internet and him beating a bunch of guys on the street.”
And Liddell joked: “I could make some impressive knockout videos too if you let me walk outside and just punch people and knock them out – “hey you, come fight!”
Who are these people that are calling Kimbo Slice the next big thing? EliteXC maybe? I have harped on this very website about how we still don’t really know anything about Kimbo Slice’s game except that his boxing is clean and that he punches extremely hard. Beyond that, that’s it. I’ve never proclaimed him to be the next champion or one of the best fighters right now.
Where I think Liddell might be making a mistake is in the fact that yes, lots of people have talked about the “phenomenon of Kimbo Slice.” I think he’s mistaking that for people saying that Kimbo is actually a good fighter at this point in his career. He has a ton of marketability and he draws serious interest, but he is nowhere near the caliber of fighter that Liddell thinks people are making him out to be.