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Updated: June 2nd, 2011 3:49pm
Hayward's 6-foot-5 Larry Butler signs to fight Ray Edwards on June 24

Hayward's 6-foot-5 Larry Butler signs to fight Ray Edwards on June 24

by Tom Pelissero
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Watching Ray Edwards win his professional boxing debut apparently didn't deter Larry Butler.

After making own victorious debut on the undercard of Edwards' first bout May 20, Butler has signed on to fight the Minnesota Vikings defensive end in a four-round bout on June 24 at Grand Casino Hinckley.

Edwards -- who beat 5-foot-9, 222-pound T.J. Gibson in four rounds by decision last month -- won't have nearly the same size advantage this time.

According to fight promoter Justin Seurer, Butler is the same height as Edwards (6-foot-5). Last month, Butler weighed in at 216 pounds -- more than 40 pounds less than Edwards (258.5) -- a day before defeating Van Goodman by technical knockout.

Butler's fight featured a lot more action than Edwards', not to mentionma lot more blood. The Hayward, Wis., resident opened a huge cut over Goodman's left eye that forced a physician to stop the bout.

Tickets for the bout will range from $30 to $100. Weigh-ins will be held on June 23 at Hinckley.

You can watch the full video of Butler's first fight here and highlights from Edwards' bout below.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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