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Promoter admits Ray Edwards’ opponent was “terrible”

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We noted yesterday that former Vikings and Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards won a boxing match against an out-of-shape opponent who fell to the canvas without Edwards even hitting him. But it turns out that Edwards’ opponent was even worse than previously believed.

Initially, Edwards was supposed to fight some guy named Mike Smith, who had only boxed once before, and had lost that one fight by first-round knockout. That Mike Smith wasn’t me, and it wasn’t Edwards’ coach during his time with the Falcons, but whoever it was, he didn’t show up to the weigh-in. That left the fight’s promoter, Cory Rapacz, scrambling to find a replacement. And the only replacement Rapacz could find was some guy named Nick Capes, who isn’t even a heavyweight and who entered the fight with a record of 0-3, with all three of his career fights being first-round knockout losses.

Rapacz acknowledges that Capes had no shot, but Capes was the only licensed professional boxer who could be found to step into the ring with Edwards on short notice.

We knew he was terrible as one of the fights was on YouTube,” said Rapacz on Facebook, via FOX-9 in the Twin Cities. “It was obvious what we were getting. He had a federal ID and was over 200 pounds so we took him.”

Edwards is expected to step into the ring next month against either Van Goodman, whose record is 2-3-2, or John Moxey, whose record is 1-2. Sadly, either one of those guys would have the best record of any opponent Edwards has faced in his brief boxing career.

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15 Responses to “Promoter admits Ray Edwards’ opponent was “terrible””
  1. joetoronto says: Feb 12, 2013 12:18 PM

    Actually he wasn’t terrible, he did a decent job of falling as if if had been hit.

    The lousy job was the fix and the punch, he fell when he was supposed to.

  2. natelan69 says: Feb 12, 2013 12:22 PM

    Ray Edwards… Forget boxing, bra… Go for the UFC! You get to tackle in the UFC!

  3. briscocountyjr says: Feb 12, 2013 12:28 PM

    Talk about protecting your fighter… they found this guy at the local improv– they were looking for a diver that was fat.

  4. whatjusthapped says: Feb 12, 2013 12:31 PM

    Ray Edwards should be embarrassed but after playing for the Vikings, he has plenty of experience so the boxing fix was just another day at the beach for him.

  5. tyler4richardson says: Feb 12, 2013 12:32 PM

    Ray Edwards must be full of integrity to be accepting fights against such tough opponents.

  6. clayrodg says: Feb 12, 2013 12:49 PM

    Everyone calls it a fix but that would require people to even be enticed to want to bet on such a horrible match. Ray quit wasting our time with meaningless headlines, created by fighting chumps, get real bro.

  7. moneey31 says: Feb 12, 2013 12:56 PM

    lmfao..I would have demanded my money back. This may have been the worst fight in boxing history lol. I’m pretty sure I know some female school teacher’s who would have knocked his opponent out..I’m sure that was the easiest pay day of Edwards career!

  8. fallcoon says: Feb 12, 2013 1:48 PM

    He was a terrible actor!

  9. jlv3gem says: Feb 12, 2013 1:57 PM

    Tom Zbikowski would beat the brakes off this guy

  10. bartlettruss says: Feb 12, 2013 2:46 PM

    When a professional fighter throws a fight it can rise to the level of a crime, especially if anyone was accepting legal bets on that fight. This guy obviously threw the fight.

    Fighting bums is one thing. Fighting in fixed fights is a different story.

  11. damnsureis says: Feb 12, 2013 3:27 PM

    I worked out in a boxing gym for awhile and even I was better than that guy he was fighting. As for everyone saying that he is taking easy fights, that’s how it usually goes. It’s much easier to promote a fight with a guy who is 5-0 against bums then is with the same guy who is 1-4 against good fighters.

  12. deltaoracle says: Feb 12, 2013 3:30 PM

    The Very Capable Kenny Jay wasn’t available?

  13. buckybadger says: Feb 12, 2013 4:12 PM

    I fought for awhile myself and let me just say this isn’t boxing. This is just showmanship. Edwards isn’t and won’t ever be a real professional boxer. He is no different than Kimbo Slice or Butterbean before him. Just circus side shows. They give him easy opponents just to promote his name. Once that wears off he will be out of the sport and have barely made a dime.

  14. purplepunisher says: Feb 12, 2013 4:56 PM

    Give Ray a break he is trying a new sport. You dont start your boxing career by fighting the heavy weight champion. How many of you tough guys on here are lining up to fight Ray Edwards?

  15. bleedinpurple says: Feb 12, 2013 6:38 PM

    Who cares, he is no longer a Viking. Why is this under the Vikings news?

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