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New Jersey Says ‘Thanks, But No Thanks’ to Tim Sylvia/Ray Mercer Boxing Match

(And you thought his career had already suffered every possible indignity.)

I never thought I’d type this sentence, but thank God for the state of New Jersey’s common sense.  The New Jersey Athletic Control Board is refusing to allow the ill-conceived Tim Sylvia/Ray Mercer boxing match to take place on the Adrenaline III card in Atlantic City on May 30.  Commissioner Nick Lembo wouldn’t say why he was denying the bout.  But we already know why, don’t we?

This is one of those rare instances where a government agency steps in to stop an incredibly dumb idea and we all end up thanking them for it.  Like when the FDA put an end to Crystal Pepsi (at least that’s how I remember it going down).  There’s no reason for formerly-serious MMA fighter Tim Sylvia to make his pro boxing debut against former boxing champ Ray Mercer, just like there’s no reason to make Pepsi clear.  (Note: whoa, now that I think about it, this might be the most perfect analogy I’ve ever made.  Tim Sylvia/Ray Mercer really is to combat sports as Crystal Pepsi was to the soft drink industry.)

The downside is that a capitalist go-getter like Monte Cox probably isn’t going to be deterred by an athletic commission telling him that a fight is too stupid to be sanctioned.  Instead he’ll likely save it for another event in a place where the commission isn’t so picky about letting ex-champs box guys with zero pro boxing experience.  Might I suggest the city of Japan?

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Mantooth- March 25, 2009 at 8:23 am
This is the best thing for Tim. He needs to get his mind right and figure out what he wants his career to be and focus on that.
Ouch! That hurts- March 25, 2009 at 7:14 am
@ Ceeph

He's not a quadriplegic, that whould be someone who couldn't move his arms and legs and would just lay on the mat, and while we are talking about Kimbo, hey-OO
Anonymous- March 25, 2009 at 7:10 am
How many rounds were they scheduled to go?
C-Bus Allstar- March 25, 2009 at 5:27 am
Every fucking time I see the words "the city of Japan" in that blue hyperlink text, I just fuckin' laugh. And then I laugh some more, then I reminisce about the old days when Kimbo was just some street brawling badass of YouTube lore. And then I laugh some more and finish off my bottle of rum.
The Juice- March 25, 2009 at 1:49 am
Last I remember, he couldn't even outbox most MMA fighters.
Anonymous- March 25, 2009 at 12:40 am
you guys really do fucking crack me up (the commentors)
mayhem420- March 24, 2009 at 11:57 pm
I would like to know why, other than the obvious fact that the fight would suck.
Its not like Ray is a killer in the ring anymore and its not like Big Tim is either.
Bubbafat- March 24, 2009 at 11:12 pm
WTF? Anderson Silva asks to fight Roy Jr. and the whole world erupts when DW puts his foot down. Timmy, a guy who should've boxed in the first place, wants to fight the guy Kimbo cheapchoked, and suddenly we can't have MMA guys in boxing?
All he has to do is the same gameplan that got him the UFC hw title, after all, his boring fights everyone seemed to hate could've easily won him some boxing matches. Ray Mercer is not the champ anymore, I worry about his ass.
Long Nuts Himself- March 24, 2009 at 10:31 pm
I still have long nuts. It's getting redundant.
snoochie boochies- March 24, 2009 at 9:41 pm
dude crystal pepsi was sweet meth in a can
Dru Down- March 24, 2009 at 7:55 pm
Darkside speaks the truth.

I loved Crystal Pepsi, but for some reason it had a ton of detractors.

I think it might have had something to do with the Crystal Gravy sketch. Totally unfair.
Michael W.- March 24, 2009 at 7:08 pm
What a shitty year for Tim. Leaves the UFC, gets thrashed by Fedor, has the recurring taste of Andrei's pee pee in his mouth, and now can't get a fight with Mercer or Shamrock. At least he can look forward to possibly boxing Kimbo in Japan. Or if he can get on a proper diet, maybe Monte can get him into Bellator. They like nobodys.
Ceeph- March 24, 2009 at 6:11 pm
So far as the Ben's are concerned; it's horrible for Timmeh to box old Ray mercer, but O.K. for a quadriplegic to fight in an MMA bout?
Hacksaw- March 24, 2009 at 5:58 pm
Timmy should be paired up with Roy Nelson. "Fat VS Fat: Out on the Mat"
Derly- March 24, 2009 at 5:35 pm
He's not Guido enough...
Officer Farva- March 24, 2009 at 5:09 pm

"Might I suggest the city of Japan?"

even better than the first time I heard that nonsense from Kimbo....touche my good man...touche.
Harry Russo- March 24, 2009 at 4:28 pm
You are old for remembering Crystal Pepsi.
Spanky- March 24, 2009 at 4:24 pm
It's time that Sylvia just disappears for good. This guy is done... I suggest maybe opening up a Jamba Juice store or something... Hear those are doing pretty good....
Billy Bad Ass- March 24, 2009 at 4:13 pm
Hey Tim, How's tastes some obscuri-ty-ty-ty?
Ballentine- March 24, 2009 at 4:13 pm
ARGH! I pooped my pants again!
Chiggs- March 24, 2009 at 4:09 pm
LMFAO just incase your infact dead serious, I suggest you should maybe 'regoogle' it an see what comes up, perhaps the truth even??? And that sucks, they shoulda let ole Ray beat the shite outta Pee Pee Poo Poo Tastey Pants so he can fuck off an die or at least just FUck off Forever.
Anonymous- March 24, 2009 at 4:05 pm
im surprised nobody caught the news that last week on like the 17th timmy got his ass kicked in a bar fight by kane from wwe.. google it
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- March 24, 2009 at 4:05 pm
Can we please just see Timmay fight Kimbo so they can decide who finally, once and for all deserves our mockery?
Darkside- March 24, 2009 at 4:03 pm
Whatever, dude. Crystal Pepsi was the shit.