Ray Edwards wins boxing debut, gets mixed reviews

Maybe Ray Edwards will consider playing again for the Minnesota Vikings if his only other choice of employment is professional boxing.

Edwards has been adamant that he won’t return to the Vikings, even if NFL rules prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent. His pro boxing debut probably didn’t go quite as planned Friday night at Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minn.

Edwards didn’t lose, but it’s clear he has a long way to go if he wants to continue down a boxing path. The defensive end scored a unanimous decision over T.J. Gibson in a four-round bout, but it was hardly pretty.

Let’s just say that Tommy Zbikowski he isn’t.

As Myrdon Medcalf of the Minneapolis Star Tribune detailed, there were chants of “overrated!”

I got some things to work on,” Edwards said.

Per the report, there was little meaningful action throughout the course of the fight. Edwards threw Gibson, who is eight inches shorter and 36 pounds lighter, to the mat during the second round. The move was illegal.

A left hook by Edwards in the fourth round registered a knockdown.

Edwards took up boxing to stay in shape four years ago. He said this isn’t a stunt for him during the lockout. He has a second bout scheduled next month.

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