Sylvia-Mercer Bout Back On!

Rear NakedSenior Analyst IJune 11, 2009

14 Dec 1996: Ray Mercer looks on during a bout against Tim Witherspoon at the Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Mercer won the fight with a decision in the tenth round.

The saga continues...Earlier today the boxing match between Tim Sylvia and Ray Mercer was canceled over sanctioning issues by the Association of Boxing Commissions (whatever the hell that is).

Here's a transcript of their meeting:

Corrupt Boxing Commissioner No. 1: That fat MMA dude Tim Sylvia is boxing Ray Mercer this weekend in Alabama?

Corrupt Boxing Commissioner No. 2: Ray Mercer is still alive?

Anyways, they freaked out, put pressure on the right people, and the boxing match was canceled. Promoter Monte Cox did not take the hint. Instead of scrapping the main event, he got Sylvia, and more importantly Mercer, to agree to contest the fight under MMA rules. This gets the ABC out of the picture.

I know everyone was pumped for the six round boxing war, but don't worry. Apparently Sylvia has agreed to fight Mercer in a boxing match in the future. Yup, that's right...Rematch, baby.

I've always heard rumors that Cox plans on releasing a tell-all book about his struggles promoting this epic bout. It's tentatively titled "A Work of Staggering Stupidity."

VIDEO: (And of course, it's still hilarious the 50th time you see it)