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"Phantom Punch" Boxer Suspended Indefinitely

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The Internet has been buzzing about a West Fargo boxing match for all the wrong reasons.

Nicholas Capes of Cedar Falls, IA was scheduled to fight former Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Ray Edwards at an event last weekend, but there was not much fighting going on.

North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger, who also acts as the Commissioner of Combative Sports, says Capes has been suspended "indefinitely" after video of the fight showed Capes was not hit by a knockout punch.

Jaeger said he had not seen the tape yet, but has been told the punch missed by about a foot.

Several members of the state's Combative Sports Commission were at the event in West Fargo according to Jaeger, but he says that it all happened so fast none of them directly witnessed the incident.

After the fight, Capes told doctors and officials he had been hit with a punch.

It wasn't until state boxing officials later saw videos shot by people in the crowd that they were able to determine the punch didn't land.

Jaeger said the case is under review and if more comes out of the investigation appropriate action will be taken.

According to the boxing promoter, Cory Rapacz says before the fight started, Edwards other opponents dropped out, and Nicholas Capes was a last minute fill in.

"We all expected him to try," says Rapacz.

Some of the fans at the event were disappointed by the phantom punch saying it was a blow to boxing and wasn't worth the money for the tickets.

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