Edwards' boxing match canceled

Ray Edwards' boxing match for June 24 has been canceled after his opponent backed out. If the lockout ends anytime soon, Edwards' boxing career could be over with a 1-0 record.

Ray Edwards' boxing career may be over if the current labor lockout can be resolved.

Edwards began his pro boxing career last month with a unanimous-decision victory at Grand Casino Hinckley. He was scheduled to make his return to action June 24 against Lanny Butler, but that fight has been postponed.

In a release issued by the Midwest Sports Council Saturday, it was stated that Butler, who won his professional debut on the same card in which Edwards made his own pro debut, has backed out of the fight.

The MSC said that Edwards will fight a new opponent at a date yet to be determined. While the fight is still scheduled to be held at Grand Casino Hinckley, the fight will likely be pushed back to July or August.

Depending on when the current lockout ends (and the conditions under which free agency will begin), it may be a fight that doesn't take place. Edwards has made it clear that, if he is forced to come back to the Vikings under the free-agent rules that were in place in 2010, he won't play for 70 percent less than his backup (Brian Robison) is being paid. The Vikings signed Robison to a contract extension prior to the lockout beginning.

However, if the lockout ends in late June or early July and Edwards is allowed into the NFL free-agent market, he is in line for an eight-figure contract that would surely include a seven-figure signing bonus and significant guaranteed money. For the team willing to make that commitment, it is all but assured that there will be contract language in place that will not permit Edwards to box professionally and put the team's investment at risk.

If the lockout drags out, we will likely see Edwards fight again. But, if the current momentum to getting a deal done continues, we may have seen the last of Edwards in the boxing ring.


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    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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