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Bad Idea Department: Tim Sylvia boxing Ray Mercer

In what is setting up to be an epic fail, former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia (you know, the guy Fedor took out in like 30 seconds on the first Affliction show) is going to fight former WBO heavyweight champion 47 year-old Ray Mercer (you know, the guy who got choked out by Kimbo Slice in an MMA bout). Having seen the names one would assume that at this point in their respective careers it would be an MMA match. That would be incorrect...
Sylvia vs. Mercer will be headlining the May 30 event at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J.

While first pitched as an MMA contest, Sylvia (24-5 MMA, 0-0 Boxing) will instead turn in his open-fingered gloves for a pair of boxing mitts.

"I was doing Tim Sylvia against Ray Mercer as a headliner," [Adrenaline MMA promoter Monte] Cox said. "First I was doing it in MMA. We changed and thought it would be a lot more interesting in boxing."
Interesting? I guess that's one way to put it. Sylvia sure has come a long way from his days fighting Couture and Nogueira, hasn't he?
"In boxing, who knows who is going to win," Cox said. "Mercer just beat a guy who is 30-2. He was ranked fifth in Europe and Mercer just beat him."
As opposed to in MMA where EVERYONE knows who is going to win. Who IS this guy? He goes on...
"You just have no idea who is going to win," Cox said. "I don't care if he's 47 (years old). He's been boxing his whole life, won an Olympic gold medal, went to split decision with Lennox Lewis. Believe me, he's going to hit hard. Tim's going to have a hard time."
Uh, that fight with Lennox Lewis was in 1996. His gold medal was in 1988. So yeah, this should be 'interesting'.

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