Ray Edwards will pick on someone not his size

If you can’t find someone your own size to fight, then pick on someone much smaller.

That seems to be the approach Ray Edwards has taken. The Minnesota Vikings defensive end, who will be either an unrestricted or restricted free agent when the NFL lockout ends, has found a boxing opponent who is going to be at a significant size disadvantage.

Edwards will make his professional boxing debut May 20 and Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports he’ll fight Duluth, Minn., resident T.J. Gibson.

Here’s the tale of the tape:
Edwards 6-5, 255 pounds
Gibson 5-9, 210 pounds

Not only is Gibson giving up 45 pounds in this bout that will be contested at Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minn., he’s giving up eight inches.

Gibson is a former amateur kick boxing champion, but there’s no kicking (not legally) in this fight. He has a 4-1 record as a professional kick boxer.

Gibson calls himself a Vikings fan but says he’s never heard of Edwards. Hey, maybe that’s one reason why Edwards is finding a lucrative long-term contract elusive.

“Let’s hope he’s ready," Gibson told Craig. "If he knocks me out, he must be good because I’ve never been knocked out in kick boxing. If I knock him out, I hope you guys have your cameras ready.”

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