Alexander hopes Irvin available for May Shark Fights show, will settle for “Kimbo”

By Steven Marrocco

Light heavyweight Houston Alexander hopes James Irvin gets a recent suspension for performance-enhancing drugs reduced from one year to six months, if only for one selfish reason.

So he can put his hands on “The Sandman.”

But if Irvin (15-8) doesn’t get cleared to fight Alexander (11-6) in May, as the Texas-based Shark Fights is now targeting, “The Assassin” has someone else in mind for his next fight: Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson.

“If ‘Kimbo’ is available, I’d love to fight him again,” Alexander told (

This past Wednesday, the California State Athletic Commission suspended Irvin one year and fined him $2,500 by the for the alleged use of animal steroid Epitrenbolone ahead of a submission loss to Jorge Oliveira at Tachi Palace Fights 7. He was scheduled to fight Alexander March 11 at Shark Fights 14 in a rematch of an April 2008 fight in which he earned an eight-second knockout victory.


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