Tommy Z Scores 1st-Round TKO

Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski took out Rich Bryant with a body shot in 1:45.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Sunday, March 13th, 2011 at 9:28 am | Categories: Ryan Mink

Tom Zbikowski’s second professional fight lasted twice as long as his first

This one went one minute, 45 seconds.

Tommy Z stands over Rich Bryant

Jeez Zibby, what took ya so long?

The Ravens safety, who has rekindled his boxing career in light of the NFL lockout, notched a technical knockout of Rich Bryant Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Despite being outweighed by more than 30 pounds, Zbikowski once tossed his challenger to the canvas – football style – then landed a series of body shots that left him crumpled.

Referee Russell Mora waived off the fight when Bryant got to his feet at the count of eight. Zbikowski, who was still introduced as “Tommy Z,” is now 2-0 in his professional career and reportedly earned $50,000 for the win.

“I was looking to get a little more work but you take a win any way you can get it,” Zbikowski said. “I know I hurt him with the hook, you could feel the air come out.”

Zbikowski’s first fight, back in 2006 at Madison Square Garden, lasted only 49 seconds.

Bryant, a Kentucky boy who is 10 years older than Zbikowski and entered with a 1-2 record, seemed to know Saturday’s undercard fight may not last long.

He came out swinging, clearly looking for a knockout blow as he was facing what looked to be a much fitter challenger. Zbikowski had trained for the four-round fight for six weeks.

His work showed as he glided around the ring and landed a couple early quick jabs. Bryant did connect on one hard uppercut, but collapsed after taking a left hand to the gut.

It was much to the liking of Zbikowski’s ringside teammates, including safeties Ed Reed and Haruki Nakamura, cornerbacks Domonique Foxworth, Chris Carr and Lardarius Webb and defensive linemen Paul Kruger and Art Jones.

This isn’t the end of Zbikowski’s boxing.

According to the Associated Press, he is scheduled to fight again in Atlantic City on March 26. Zbikowski has also challenged the Bengals’ Chad Ochocinco to a charity bout.

The Notre Dame product, who isn’t technically under contract with the Ravens, can continue his boxing for as long as he likes until he signs his tender. Considering the lockout, it’s unknown when that will be.

“I wanted to get the ring rust off in this fight,” he said. “Right now this isn’t a second career for me. It’s a first career.”

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