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Edwards' fight postponed, opponent backs out

Posted by: under Vikings, NFC, Ray Edwards Updated: June 11, 2011 - 12:43 PM

Ray Edwards' fight on June 24 has been postponed.

Edwards (1-0), the Vikings defensive end, was set to fight Larry Butler (1-0) at Grand Casino Hinckley but Butler has backed out of the fight, according to a press release issued by the Midwest Sports Council on Saturday morning.

A new opponent and date for the fight are currently being pursued. The event will still be held at Grand Casino Hinckley – most likely in later July or early August.

That will depend, of course, on whether the NFL lockout is over by that point because Edwards could be back playing football by that time. It remains to be seen if a new Collective Bargaining Agreement will make Edwards a restricted or unrestricted free agent.

He has made it clear he doesn't want to return to the Vikings, but if he's a restricted free agent there is a good chance Minnesota will retain Edwards' rights.

Edwards won his professional boxing debut on May 20 at Grand Casino Hinckley when he won in a unanimous decision over T.J. Gibson and had two knockdowns in the process. Butler also was on the card that night and won his bout.



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