If Ray Edwards were as intimidating on the football field as he apparently is in the boxing ring, he probably wouldn’t have been cut by the Atlanta Falcons last November after underperforming.
What do I mean? Well, see, since he’s been out of work, Edwards has decided to take up boxing. And recently he appeared at the Winter Fest Boxing event in West Fargo, ND. He was part of the co-main event. And after two other boxers failed to show, he was pitted against someone who was pretty much the antithesis of the svelte athlete that Edwards is. And it seems the opponent realized it.
As the description in the video you’re about to see puts it, the man “gets rocked by a phantom uppercut that leaves him face down on the mat for the count.” How bad was the “phantom punch”? Not only is it obvious to those watching the video, but even people in the crowd aren’t fooled. Listen as they realize the man decided to flop rather than face a former NFLer:
WDAY-TV says the fight lasted 13 seconds and the other fighter — Nicholas Capes from Iowa — clearly didn’t realized what he got himself into. Still, the story notes that Capes did ask to face Edwards after the two previous fighters were no-shows. And now the North Dakota secretary of state is investigating.
The fans who filmed the event aren’t happy, as they feel cheated out of the good money they paid to see a former NFL player box.
“I thought it some sort of a stage act. The three stooges, Larry, Curly and Moe,” Jeremy Boniface — the one who captured the event — told the station.
He described the “punch”: “A menacing right hand upper cut and a theatrical dive takes place. He did not hit him and there was about a foot of space and even the acting of the pretend hit was off.”
But wait, it gets eve crazier. According to WDAY who interviewed the fight’s promoter Cory Rapacz, Edwards “still contends he connected with his opponent.”
Don’t worry, though, Bryan Domholt — who also attended — said the boxing commissioner assured him “60% of the fights were real.” It’s unclear if the commissioner was dazed when he made that admission or if he delivered the line with a straight face.
For now, Capes has been banned from boxing in North Dakota pending the results of the investigation.
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