Posted by Will Brinson
Minnesota Vikings Ray Edwards made his boxing debut on Friday night, handily beating T.J. Gibson in a four-round bout and winning by unanimous decision.
Per the Minnesota Star-Tribune, Edwards' win wasn't exactly crowd-pleasing, as the Vikes' defensive end drew boos and "Over-rated!" chants from the crowd in what was described as a "ugly professional boxing debut."
"I got some things to work on," Edwards said.
There was a "swim move" that drew some scrutiny, since it's probably more appropriate for Edwards' "day job" than his newest hobby.
"This ain't football," Jeff Warner, Edwards' manager, said. "You can't throw people like that."
Edwards spent much of Friday during the day battling a bout of diarrhea, which apparently caused him to cramp up in the second round of the fight.
That's when he caught a big right hand from Gibson -- but that hit wasn't nearly enough to offset the first- and fourth-round knockdowns that eventually gave Edwards a decisive 40-34, 39-35, 40-34 victory.
"I think he'll be a great fighter if he can keep it up," Gibson said.
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Photo courtesy of Jeff Wheeler, Star Tribune.