Saturday, May 21, 2011
Updated: May 23, 12:37 PM ET
Vikes' Ray Edwards wins boxing debut
ESPN.com news services
Amid the NFL's ongoing, drawn-out struggle, Ray Edwards' off-the-field fight was short and sweet Friday.
The Minnesota Vikings defensive end won his pro boxing debut, a four-round bout that ended with a unanimous decision after Edwards knocked down former amateur kickboxer T.J. Gibson twice at Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minn.
According to local reports, Edwards scored knockdowns in the first and fourth rounds of the otherwise subdued fight; the judges scored it 40-34, 39-35, 40-34.
"A little rougher than I expected, but I wrestle 300-pound guys all day so I'm used to it, guys trying to be rough," Edwards said, according to the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.
Edwards was reportedly guaranteed $5,000 plus 50 percent of the gate proceeds for the fight.
If the NFL's lockout continues into next month, Edwards' second fight of a two-bout deal will take place under the same terms, according to the Star Tribune.
Edwards is the second NFL player to take up boxing during the lockout.
Baltimore Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski improved to 4-0 last month with a first-round knockout in Oklahoma, a fight that resulted in controversy.
Zbikowski was temporarily suspended by a gaming official for a failed drug test that was later nullified.