Ray Edwards' next fight cancelled

Ray Edwards’ boxing career may come to an abrupt end, especially if the NFL’s lockout is resolved in a timely manner.

That is because the defensive end, who very well could be a free agent after the owners and players reach agreement on a new labor deal, had his next bout cancelled this morning by the Midwest Sports Council, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The standout for the Minnesota Vikings was supposed to fight Larry Butler on June 24 at Grand Casino Hinckley. Edwards won his debut on May 20 with a unanimous victory over T.J. Gibson. Butler (1-0) won his first pro fight on that night as well.

A new opponent and date is being sought for a bout in July or August. But if Edwards signs a football contract between now and then, he’s not likely to be available. There is a chance he will be a restricted free agent, but he’s said he will not return to the Vikings. Stay tuned.

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