Phantom punch leads to backlash against West Fargo boxing eventWest Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It took longer to sing the National Anthem than watch the Ray Edwards Boxing Match at the Winter Fest Boxing Match in West Fargo. The video of the short lived match between Edwards and an un-prepared Iowa fighter has prompted the North Dakota Secretary of State to investigate. The story and amazing video has gone viral.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It took longer to sing the National Anthem than watch the Ray Edwards Boxing Match at the Winter Fest Boxing Match in West Fargo. The video of the short lived match between Edwards and an un-prepared Iowa fighter has prompted the North Dakota Secretary of State to investigate. The story and amazing video has gone viral.
The video shows a very large and in-shape Ray Edwards in the ring with unsuspecting Iowa fighter, Nicholas Capes. A fan shot the video, which clearly illustrates 13 seconds into the fight Capes did not take a blow from Edwards, but certainly acted like it.
Cory Rapacz – Fight Promoter: “He saw Ray, and didn’t know what he’d gotten himself into. He got scared and looked for a way out.”
Promoter Cory Rapacz says after two fighters were no-shows, the Iowa fighter was asked to take on Ray Edwards. Now, Rapacz, who was promoting his first fight, is dealing with angry fans and a former Vikings player who still contends he connected with his opponent.
Cory Rapacz: “The backlash he is getting is unfair to him and I feel terrible for him.”
Jeremy Boniface – Attended Fight: “I thought it some sort of a stage act. The three stooges, Larry, Curly and Moe.”
Jeremy Boniface and his buddies spent big money to see Ray Edwards fight.
Jeremy Boniface: “Bell rings and the referee steps away and the two come together and I’m thinking, ‘This is going to happen.’”
Jeremy is the one who videotaped the fight with his phone.
Jeremy Boniface: “A menacing right hand upper cut and a theatrical dive takes place. He did not hit him and there was about a foot of space and even the acting of the pretend hit was off.”
Jeremy and Bryan Domholt say they paid $50 apiece. They feel taken and now question the entire boxing card.
Bryan Domholt – Attended Fight: “The boxing commissioner told me there says there is nothing they can do and that 60% of the fights were real.”
Cory Rapacz: “Under no circumstances would they allow not real fights to happen. It’s a ridiculous notion to even bring up.”
Meanwhile, the North Dakota Boxing Commission is investigating and reviewing the boxing fight. It has suspended the Iowa boxer from fighting in the state, and the National Boxing Association is aware of the video and controversy. Ray Edwards is set to box again in Minnesota next month - his fifth fight - likely with someone who plans to spend more than 13 seconds in the ring
Secretary of State Al Jaeger told WDAY 6 News today that boxing matches are few in the state right now. Mixed martial arts fights have become more popular.