Quantcast

Nicholas Capes, fighter who got knocked about by Ray Edwards’ phantom punch, gets suspended (Video)

Ray-Edwards-Nicholas-CapesFree agent defensive end Ray Edwards has always had a thing for boxing, but I highly doubt he ever thought scoring a knockout could be as easy as it was during a recent match in North Dakota against a “fighter” named Nicholas Capes. The video you see above has gone viral, and it clearly shows Capes taking the dive of the century early in the fight when Edwards missed him with an uppercut by about a foot.

Either the fight was a fix, or Capes was so frightened at the sight of Edwards and his incredible size advantage that he needed a clean pair of shorts the second he stepped into the ring. The more likely scenario is that the latter is true, especially since Combative Sports Commissioner Al Jaeger announced this week that Capes has been suspended indefinitely for the dive.

According to the WCF Courier, Capes was a last-minute replacement for two fighters who did not show. Event promoter Cory Rapacz said Capes did not realize he would be stepping into the ring against a former NFL player, so the backlash is unfair.

Would I want to fight Ray Edwards? Absolutely not, but then again I’m not a fighter. Assuming this Capes guy wants to be a fighter, you would think he would at least be able to take a punch. If you want to stay down after taking one shot that’s fine, but at least take the shot.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Ray Edwards reportedly defiant during Falcons postgame speech

The Atlanta Falcons waived defensive lineman Ray Edwards earlier in the week, less than two years after signing him to a five-year, $27.5 million deal. Edwards was a disappointment with the Falcons, racking up just 3.5 sacks in 25 games with the team. Now we’re learning that he did something that may have been a factor in his release.

Jay Glazer reported on FOX NFL Sunday that Falcons head coach Mike Smith asked his team to come together for a postgame speech after a Week 10 loss to the New Orleans Saints. Edwards apparently was asked three times to come in for the speech, and he ignored the coach all three times. Glazer says the players had to tell him to bring it in for the speech.

Glazer says the display from Edwards occurred in front of team owner Arthur Blank and GM Thomas Dimitroff. The team is so focused on chemistry, Glazer says they will release a player if they feel like he will be a problem in the locker room. It seems like that’s exactly what happened with Edwards.

We felt from the start that the signing was a reach for Atlanta. Edwards was the beneficiary of playing with excellent teammates in Minnesota. Without Jared Allen and Pat and Kevin Williams next to him, he has failed to be an impact player.

Minnesota Vikings DE Ray Edwards Wins Boxing Debut, Practiced Abstinence

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards made his boxing debut Friday night in Minnesota, defeating former kickboxer T.J. Gibson by unanimous decision. The 6-foot-5, 258 pound monster was much larger than the 5’9″ 222 pound Gibson and put his size to use. Yes, you’re eyes didn’t mislead you, he beat up on someone 36 pounds lighter and seven inches shorter than him.

Interestingly enough, to defeat his puny opponent (compared to his standards), Edwards practiced abstinence during his training regimen. By practicing abstinence, the Minnesota Viking was obeying the infamous boxing theory that sex affects fluidity in the ring.

“I’ve looked up to guys like Bernard Hopkins, Roy Jones, Floyd Mayweather, guys who are the greatest to do it – they said they didn’t do it,” Edwards said, referring to his abstinence.

In this situation you must feel sorry for his poor girlfriend, or wife, who’s been deprived during his last two-months of training.

I’m happy for any NFL player who attempts something different during this NFL lockout. Especially, guys like Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski and Edwards who are tackling the grueling sport of boxing. However, I’m not a fan of Chad Ochocinco’s publicity stunts ranging from attempting to play soccer for an MLS team and idiotically trying to ride a bull.

Actually, forget it. These athletes need to get back to playing football. I’m past the point of annoyed with the NFL lockout. The next question is will Edwards decide to make this fight happen.

Photo Credit: Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune

Kimbo Slice and Ray Edwards Could Fight

Back in February we told you that Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards was planning to box if there was a lockout. Well the lockout happened and Edwards has signed a two-fight contract to box, and he’s set to make his debut Friday night against T.J. Gibson.

If Edwards gets past Gibson and plans to continue fighting, he may have a blockbuster matchup in the waiting. Steve Cofield at Cagewriter passed along comments made by Jared Shaw on MMAWeekly Radio. Shaw, who is Kimbo Slice’s promoter, issued a challenge to Edwards.

“I’ve called Mike Riley to get in touch with Ray Edwards’ people and I’ve made an open challenge to come fight Kimbo Slice. That fight I will deliver,” Shaw said on the show.

“If Ray Edwards wants to step up and fight Kimbo Slice I will deliver that to the public. There’s two guys that come from athletic backgrounds, that haven’t been in the ring that many times, so let’s see two big boys bang it out. If Ray Edwards thinks he’s a great boxer, then maybe he thinks he can go through Kevin Ferguson very quickly.”

Kimbo Slice may have dropped off the ninth side of the octagon, but there is one thing he still possesses: a major name. Slice is popular, he’s a draw, and if you put him in the ring with an NFL player, you’re guaranteed to get some attention. I don’t know if Edwards’ people are interested, but that’s a fight that could easily benefit him. If he takes care of Gibson, Edwards should seriously consider fighting Kimbo next.

Glove touch to Marcas G for the story

Vikings Defensive End Ray Edwards Will Start Boxing if There Is a Lockout

Many signs point to the owners locking out the players when their Collective Bargaining Agreement expires. The owners reportedly are even seeking to cut the minimum salary for players with fewer than four or five years of experience. It really doesn’t seem fair to the players, but Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards won’t let their actions impede his personal growth.

Edwards, who had eight sacks last year and eight and a half the year before, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press via Rotoworld that he plans on pursuing a career in boxing if the lockout goes through “I’ll probably fight the beginning of April, I’ll start my own promotional company,” Edwards said.

This is nothing new for Edwards who talked about his plans to box professionally as recently as the summertime. Even legendary trainer Emmanuel Steward, with whom Edwards has trained, said the Purdue product moves naturally like a boxer.

It sure would be difficult for Edwards to match the success he’s enjoyed in football in boxing, but with some time and dedication who knows what he can do. And his backup plan sure seems more realistic than Brandon Marshall’s. The good news is he’s making plans for the lockout. More players should follow his lead because that outcome seems inevitable.