UPDATE: Even though he doesn’t expect it to last past the first round (see below), Zbikowski has challenged Ochocinco to a four-round charity boxing match this spring. Needless to say, this could get interesting if Ochocinco is game.
Let’s start by thanking “The Dan Patrick Show” and Ravens safety/boxer Tom Zbikowski for providing us a nonlabor topic to chew on as we get Monday started. Yeah, granted, it’s boxing … but we’re not picky.
Zbikowksi, a former Golden Gloves boxer, joined Patrick to promote his upcoming cruiserweight fight Saturday on the undercard of the Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga ticket at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Because he’s not under contract as an unsigned restricted free agent, Zbikowski is technically free to fight. The bout will be his second professional fight.
Zbikowski said he’d have no problem beating any of his Ravens teammates in the ring, although admitted Ray Lewis would make him nervous. He added that he could “without a doubt” make Haloti Ngata — who he wants to walk him into the ring — into a heavyweight contender within a year.
The highlight came when Zbikowski was asked which NFL player he would like to fight. He paused for about two seconds, just for good measure.
“(Chad) Ochocinco talks like he can box,” Zbikowski said.
How long would that last?
“I’d let it go … for about 45 seconds,” Zbikowski said. “I’d let him know what a real jab feels like.”
Naturally, it wasn’t long before Ochocinco responded with a jab on Twitter. Although, this one would seem to last much longer on Twitter than it would between the ropes.