Edwards wins unanimous decision

Ray Edwards threw twice as many punches and landed three times as many punches in a domination of T.J. Gibson in the professional debut for both.

It wasn't an artistic masterpiece, but Ray Edwards scored a unanimous decision Friday night at Grand Casino Hinckley in a four-round bout over T.J. Gibson.

Edwards used an eight-inch height advantage to his benefit, dominating the fight with his physical presence. Edwards wasn't fully appreciative of his own performance, but said it was a solid first step.

"I've got some things to work on, but I did pretty good," Edwards said.

Gibson, who has a kick-boxing background, was making his boxing debut as well and rocked Edwards a couple of times during the fight.

"He got a couple of good shots off," Edwards said. "He was a little rougher than I expected, but I got some good shots off."

Edwards dictated the pace and won a unanimous decision by scores of 40-34, 39-35, 40-34.

Gibson, who was eight inches shorter than Edwards, landed a few solid punches, but was dominated throughout the fight. On two of the judges' scorecards, Edwards was credited with a pair of 10-8 rounds.

Midway through the first round, Edwards knocked Gibson backward into the ropes, but the ropes held him up. However, referee Joe Cortez said that Edwards was credited with a knockdown because of the rules of boxing.

"The ropes are part of the ring, but, under the rules, they aren't allowed to keep a fighter standing," Cortez said. "That was ruled a knockdown because, if not for the ropes, (Gibson) would have gone down."

After both fighters landed some big shots in the second round, Edwards took control. After what could best be described as a swim move, Edwards tried to throw Gibson into the corner. Instead, he threw him to the canvas.

Edwards was credited with a second knockdown that led to the scores of 40-34 on two of the scorecards – giving Edwards 10 points in both rounds and Gibson scores of eight points in both.

VU will update this story later with more quotes from Edwards, Gibson and Cortez.

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