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Ray Edwards’ next boxing match is canceled

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Like Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski, the boxing career of Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards has been derailed.  Unlike Zbikowski, Edwards’ frolic and detour from football has been disrupted because his next opponent backed out.

According to Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com, Larry Butler decided not to proceed with the June 24 fight.  Both Butler and Edwards launched their professional boxing careers on May 20 at Grand Casino Hinckley, the site of the fight that now won’t happen.

With the lockout possibly pushing toward conclusion, Edwards must decide whether to try to schedule another fight, or whether to focus on his primary occupation, for which he could become highly compensated once free agency begins.

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19 Responses to “Ray Edwards’ next boxing match is canceled”
  1. jebdamone says: Jun 11, 2011 2:19 PM

    more like ray should prepare to sit on his living room couch watching football since he has already said he won’t play for less than his backup robison. unless,of course, the rules of free agency change.

  2. hobartbaker says: Jun 11, 2011 2:22 PM

    Dang, I wish I had known of the “decided not to proceed” option back in school. You always find the clever comebacks when it’s too late.

  3. firerogergoodell says: Jun 11, 2011 2:23 PM

    As a boxing fan, I really hope Edwards doesn’t follow in Zbikowski’s footsteps and beat up bums in every fight. I would much rather see Ray get knocked out by a legitimate boxer than fight clowns like Zibby for easy wins.

  4. britishraven says: Jun 11, 2011 2:25 PM

    Most overrated DE in history

  5. benh999 says: Jun 11, 2011 2:40 PM

    Who can blame him. Didn’t Edwards have 20+ lbs on him?

  6. johnsticle says: Jun 11, 2011 2:52 PM

    I don’t really want him back… he’s good, but his attitude is bad for the team. There’s a reason for the saying “It’s always gotta be Ray”.

  7. shawon0meter says: Jun 11, 2011 3:15 PM

    If Edwards really wants to make his income from boxing eventually, he has to fight bums to start out. It sounds stupid but to get national recognition for something other than his name, he has to get to 15-0, 16-0. That’s how the boxing world works.

  8. timegambit says: Jun 11, 2011 3:39 PM

    His opponent wanted to fight Edwards, but his cardboard box burnt down and he lost his shoes.

  9. tumsman2 says: Jun 11, 2011 3:54 PM

    I hope Edwards gets injured in his next fight and never sees a +$100k payCheck again. That will teach him to cry like a school girl about not making enough money. Go educate yourself fool.

  10. FinFan68 says: Jun 11, 2011 4:09 PM

    The good news is that “Glass Joe” has agreed to step in, however, “Bald Bull” and “King Hippo” are still not committed to any future bouts

  11. geo1113 says: Jun 11, 2011 4:36 PM

    firerogergoodell says:
    Jun 11, 2011 2:23 PM
    As a boxing fan, I really hope Edwards doesn’t follow in Zbikowski’s footsteps and beat up bums in every fight. I would much rather see Ray get knocked out by a legitimate boxer than fight clowns like Zibby for easy wins.
    __________________

    As a boxing fan, you should know that boxers start with low-rated opponents and work themselves up to more seasoned oppononets. Quick.,..who were Mohammed Ali’s first ten opponents…if you said a bunch of bums and club fighters, you would be right.

  12. buckybadger says: Jun 11, 2011 7:30 PM

    firerogergoodell, you obviously know nothing about boxing. Your not a fan and proved it by your comment.

  13. buckybadger says: Jun 11, 2011 7:32 PM

    Edwards should hang up the gloves. The guy he fought last wasn’t even a fighter. A short fat ex-kick boxer who they probably just met in the gym. Considering his build he wasn’t a serious kick boxer either.

    Boxing isn’t a sport you just walk into and expect to have any career at it. Its a life choice.

  14. firerogergoodell says: Jun 11, 2011 8:45 PM

    I love having my boxing knowledge questioned by someone that can’t even spell Muhammed Ali’s name right. I was simply stating that Zbikowski has never even fought someone with a winning record. If he has the potential to be “the greatest ever” like he says, then he should fight some guys with credibility.

  15. geo1113 says: Jun 11, 2011 11:20 PM

    @firerogergoodell

    Oh my, I made a spelling mistake. Sorry I wasn’t thinking. And who said anything about Zbikowski being the greatest ever. I hope you realize when you use quotation mark, that you are actually referring to a quote someone made.

    The truth remains that your boxing knowledge is lacking. Zbikowski and Edwards are novices at boxing and they are fighting other novices at this time as it should be. Someone with boxing knowledge would understand that point.

  16. firerogergoodell says: Jun 12, 2011 12:45 AM

    Edwards, who is 6-foot-5 and listed at 268 pounds, said on ESPN’s “First Take” that he has “fun beating people up.” He bragged that he has “pretty much won” all of the sparring sessions he’s taken part in, and said of his potential boxing career: [b]”I can be the greatest that ever did it.”[/b]

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/24386/ray-edwards-will-box-during-lockout

  17. cameran0804 says: Jun 12, 2011 3:50 AM

    he did a good job in minnesota, but c’mon your just as bad as all those inner city boys that think that they can do MMA. He’s a joke & he is done in minnesota.

  18. tumsman2 says: Jun 12, 2011 5:48 PM

    Is anyone else angry that Edwards is making millions of dollars and complaining about it? What ever happened to playing for “the love of the game”. Players are only concerned with money. And when millions isn’t enough, it’s time someone checked this fool into Hotel Reality.

    Edwards was born dumb and ugly and now we can add foolish to his list of attributes.

  19. brewdogg says: Jun 12, 2011 11:58 PM

    Do you guys remember in all those old Beckett price guides where people would send in cards with funny funny quotes written on them? I think we can all see the quote for that picture up there….

    “Say goodbye to your future children, Ray!!”

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