For those that were looking forward to watching Tim Sylvia make his professional boxing debut against Ray Mercer at Adrenaline III, sucks to be you. It appears that the New Jersey State Athletic Commission will refuse to sanction the bout, however not all hope is lost.
Adrenaline owner and Sylvia’s manager, Monte Cox, confirmed that the NJSAC pumped the breaks on the bout, however opted not to disclose why.
Sylvia hasn’t fought an MMA bout since he was humiliated in the 1stRound against WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko at “Affliction: Banned” last July.
The 47-year-old Mercer holds a 36-7-1 professional boxing record, which includes a loss to Wladimir Klitschko in a WBO heavyweight title bout in 2002. He was recently in the spotlight after losing an exhibition MMA bout to street fighting sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson in 2007.
Cox states this event will now be an all MMA program, and that they are currently looking for replacements to headline the card. Word is that Jeremy Horn’s name has been thrown around.
In addition, Cox is searching for a new home that will sanction the Sylvia-Mercer boxing match. He is hoping to close that by June, so all you Sylvia fans … keep your fingers crossed.