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.