Sylvia vs. Mercer will be headlining the May 30 event at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J.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?
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."
"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'.