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Tim Sylvia’s Boxing Match With Ray Mercer Changed To An MMA Bout

Tim Sylvia’s professional boxing debut hit a major hiccup today, just two days prior to the fight. Sylvia announced earlier today on his MySpace account that the fight was canceled, and then back on as an MMA contest.

Sylvia faces former world heavyweight boxing champion, and 1988 Olympic gold medalist, Ray Mercer this Saturday at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham, Alabama as part of Adrenaline MMA III: Bragging Rights. The fight was originally scheduled to take place on May 30th at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City, NJ, however had be be moved when the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board refused to sanction the bout.

According to, The Association of Boxing Commissions tried to cancel the fight yesterday, citing improper supervision. Promoter Monte Cox then decided to change the fight to MMA rules to eliminate the involvement of the commission.

“It was going to be Tim fighting in Ray’s world, now it’s Ray fighting in Tim’s world,” Cox told The Birmingham News. “Tim has already said if he wins then he’ll give Ray the boxing match we were trying to get when the Alabama commission is in place. Then we don’t have to worry about any of this garbage.”

While Cox was hoping to have a television deal in place for this Saturday’s event, one never materialized. We will have results from that fight here at this weekend.