Zbikowski Returns To Ring Tonight

Tom Zbikowski squares off against Richard Bryant tonight at 8 p.m. on SHOWTIME.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Saturday, March 12th, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski calls his 49-second knockout of Robert Bell at Madison Square Garden in 2006 the top moment in his athletic career.

A football player by day, Zbikowski will step back between the ropes for an encore tonight.

He’ll square off against Richard Bryant at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for a four-round heavyweight bout.

It will be on Showtime pay-per-view starting at 8 p.m. as part of the undercard for the Miguel Cotto-Ricardo Mayorga world championship bout.

“Eventually, I will be a full-time boxer, but I’ve still got years left in football,” Zbikowski told the American Chronicle.

“I enjoy playing football. But boxing, I love, love, love. It’s the only thing that keeps my attention. Everything feels right when I’m in the ring. I just feel like I’m home.”

It’s only Zbikowski’s second professional fight, but he appears to be the favorite. There’s not much information on Bryant, so here’s a brief tale of the tape:

Tom Zbikowski
5-11, Weight: 190
: 25
Place of Birth:
Buffalo Grove, IL
Pro Record:
1-0, 1 knockout

Richard Bryant
: N/A; Weight: 225
: 35
Place of Birth:
London, KY
Pro Record:
1-2, 1 knockout
*Note: Bryant has lost his last two bouts

Zbikowski, who is reportedly shedding the nickname “Tommy Z,” was explosive in his only other professional fight. He unloaded on Bell, who was foolish enough to enter the ring wearing an Ohio State jersey to patronize the Notre Dame alum.

Zibikowski Vs. Bryant

A combination of a left cross, right haymaker and a couple uppercuts as Bell collapsed to the mat signaled a quick end. It lit a fire under Zbikowski.

“I’ve been itching to get back in the ring for a long time, since a day or two after the Madison Square Garden fight,” Zbikowski said in an interview with NewsCenter 16. “It’s just something I’ve been working for and toward for five years.”

Zbikowski has actually been boxing since he was nine years old. He’s been specifically training for this fight for six weeks, mostly in Miami and somewhat in Las Vegas.

He would currently be in the cruiserweight classification, but will fight a weight class above Saturday night.

“These dudes gotta give me bigger guys because they know what kind of power I have,” Zbikowski told ESPN radio Chicago. “That’s the only way they’re going to last past two rounds.”

Zbikowski will have the support of his Ravens teammates. According to the Chronicle, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is expected to lead Zbikowski into the ring and fellow defensive backs Ed Reed and Domonique Foxworth have ringside seats.

Football is still very much in Zbikowski’s future. Now, it just seems his aspirations have grown.

“I’m just waiting to get a Super Bowl ring and then get a world title to add to my resume and then go down as the best athlete of all time,” Zbikowski told the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen. “I don’t think anybody has those two.”

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