24 Mar 2009 16:00:47 PM
(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?