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Vikings’ Ray Edwards To Make His Boxing Debut In May

April 11, 2011
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Vikings’ defensive end Ray Edwards has never been shy about his talents. A budding football star at 26-years-old, the sixth-year player has declared he wants to be “a world champion” boxer. And according to Jon Nowacki of the Duluth News Tribune, that career will begin next month at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota.

In the meantime, Edwards has been training at local gyms and even lending a hand to some younger athletes. Edwards has played sparring partner and mentor to Ryan Watson, a junior at Duluth Central High School in Minnesota.

The 17-year-old Watson says it is business-as-usual in the ring with an NFL player.

“When I first found out I was going to spar against Ray, I was shocked. I had no idea he was into boxing,” said Watson. “Once we got into the ring I could see he was good, but I wouldn’t say I was like starstruck. I talk to him just like a regular person because I feel like I’m going to be at his level one day. I just called him Ray.”

While Edwards may be “just like a regular person” in the ring, he will likely draw a larger-than-normal crowd. Whether or not his football talent transfers to the ring remains to be seen.

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