Tag:Tom Zbikowski
Posted on: April 12, 2011 10:44 am
Edited on: April 12, 2011 11:05 am

Lewis thinks he'd beat Zbikowski in boxing ring

Posted by Will Brinson

Tom Zbikowski, the Ravens safety, has made plenty of waves by whipping opponents in his thus-far undefeated professional boxing career.

But if you ask his teammate Ray Lewis who would win between he and Zbikowski if they stepped in the ring, well, no surprise, but Lewis thinks he'd whip Zbikowski.

"Zbikowski would lose," Lewis told Frank Taylch of NFL.com. "We've already talked about that. Zbikowski is a realist when it comes to the sport. The locker room talk is always that about who can beat who. He'll be the first to tell you he’s not going to get in the ring with a 250-pound person. That's crazy!"

Smart money says to go with the guy who actually, you know, boxes on the reg (plus, my favorite boxing/MMA expert, Michael David Smith, thinks Zbikowski will win).
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But, having said that, this is Ray Lewis that we're talking about. He's kind of nuts, he's kind of strong and he's an absolute wild card.

Zbikowski might have the experience, but Lewis isn't someone I'd particularly want to bet against in any sort of violent, physical confrontation.

I would, however, absolutely cough up $49.99 in pay-per-view fees to watch them rumble.

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Posted on: April 10, 2011 3:23 pm

Cutler cares about Kenya

Cutler Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As the lockout continues with no sign of let-up – meaning team-wide offseason workouts and mini-camps are not on the docket – many players are spending time expanding their horizons.

Ravens S Tom Zbikowski, for instance, is trying to determine if he can make it as a top-notch boxing contender, while another Ravens S, Haruki Nakamura, organized a relief effort for those suffering in Japan.

Now, we see another story of an NFLer who is trying to better himself in a different way. And the player might surprise you.

Bears QB Jay Cutler – who people, including his fellow players apparently, just love to hate – recently took a trip to Kenya with the non-profit OneKid OneWorld (a charity that benefits students and teachers in El Salvador and Kenya) in which he visited a small town in the Rift Valley that had been without water for more than two months.

‘‘After all the turmoil we go through here, everyone thinks we have so many problems,” Cutler told the Chicago Sun-Times. “But to see what they have to deal with and to see how grateful they are to have water is just amazing.”

More from the story:

At an all-girls school and orphanage, Cutler was left alone in a classroom full of high school students. When other volunteers later returned, they discovered Cutler teaching the girls physics.

‘‘Jay was so into it,’’ McCubbin said. ‘‘He’s so amazing with kids.’’

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Cutler and (girlfriend Kristin) Cavallari encouraged students to pursue any career they desired, played assorted sports with them and painted classrooms and murals.

Cutler marveled at the spirit of the students he interacted with, and he marveled at the challenges they face in even going to class because of family obligations.

‘‘They have 1,000 reasons not to go to school,’’ Cutler said. ‘‘But you could tell how grateful they were for the opportunity.’’

Much of the time, Cutler comes off as awfully surly, especially when dealing with the media (and, by extension, his fans). But it’s nice here to see him making such a difference.

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Posted on: April 4, 2011 10:44 am

Zbikowski staying busy in the ring

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

As the lockout continues and rookie camps and minicamps begin to be affected, Ravens S rising boxing prospect Tom Zbikowski is keeping busy.

As the National Football Post writes, Zbikowski (3-0, 2 KOs) has his next three fights already scheduled.

They include an April 23 meeting with cruiserweight Blake Warner (1-2), who’s coming off a TKO loss, at the WinStar Casino in Thacker, Okla. on the Vanes Martirosyan-Saul Roman undercard; a May 21 bout against TBA in Cabazon, Calif.; and a June 4 match against another TBA opponent at Staples Center in Los Angeles on the Sebastian Zbik-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. undercard.

Zbikowski is coming off a tough decision win against Caleb Grummet in which Zbikowski didn’t look that great and actually struggled in spots against Grummet, who was making his pro boxing debut.

But the inclusion of trainer extraordinaire Emanuel Steward should help Zbikowski continue to advance in the pro game as long as there is no football to be played.

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Posted on: March 31, 2011 12:05 pm

Hot Routes 3.31.11: Lights, camera, action

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Larry Johnson, set to go on trial for allegedly spitting a drink on a woman at a bar in 2008, thinks he can’t get a fair jury trial in Kansas City. Any place, his attorney said, would be better than Kansas City.
  • Apparently, Ravens S Tom Zbikwoski isn’t the only Ravens player who can handle himself in a fight. Watch how Kelly Gregg (a three-time state wrestling champion in Oklahoma) and Arthur Jones (a two-time state titlist in New York) go after each other in this video. With Ray Lewis on the play-by-play.
  • Washington QB Jake Locker participated in his Pro Day on Wednesday and completed 38 of 40 attempts against the air (his only two misses came on 50-yard passes). But not everybody is convinced he’s going to be a star. Analyst Michael Lombardi thinks Locker is a project and wouldn’t draft him before the third round.
  • ESPN New York reports Giants C Shaun O’Hara underwent his second surgery of the offseason this week to clean out his left ankle and Achilles. Earlier this offseason, he had surgery on his right foot.
  • One of the more interesting storylines of the NFL draft will be about Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers, his balky knee and which team will take a chance on him. Some analysts are saying he’s off a couple teams’ draft boards completely because of failed physicals.

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Posted on: March 26, 2011 5:37 pm
Edited on: March 27, 2011 12:22 am

Zbikowski wants a cruiserweight title

Posted by Andy Benoit

Tom Zbikowski’s boxing career is no joke. The Ravens safety recently won a cruiserweight bout at Madison Square Garden (quite easily, in fact: he recorded a TKO in under two minutes).

Zbikowski wants to become an official two-sport athlete and contend for a cruiserweight title.

"Without a doubt — if I can get that worked out — that's my perfect world," he told Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun. "Other people might not feel that same way. If we can get that worked out, I can play at M&T Bank Stadium in the season and fight at M&T Bank Stadium in the offseason."

Zbikowski is working with legendary trainer Emanuel Steward.

"If he can stay busy on a regular basis like this, I figure in about 15 months time, he could fight and win the fighter cruiserweight championship of the world," Steward said of Zbikowski.

It will be difficult for an NFL team to sign off on that. That’s an issue for down the road, but not right now, as Zbikowski is currently locked out by NFL owners and also a free agent.

UPDATE 12:21 a.m. EST: Zbikowski improved to 3-0 as a pro boxer with a unanimous decision over Caleb Grummet (who has never won a fight, by the way).

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Posted on: March 25, 2011 2:03 pm

Hot Routes 3.25.11: Running the 40 ain't easy

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • The video (and story) of the day goes to Yahoo! Sports’ Doug Farrar who had Da’Quan Bowers tape his 40-yard dash attempts and then released it to the world. It’s embarrassing and hilarious and full of awesomeness. Bowers’ best line comes after Farrar’s second attempt: "Don't think he trained with us here at API. Because he didn't. We don't do that around here." The video is embedded below.
  • There’s not much new news in this Ron Borges (of the Boston Herald) column, but you have to admire his lede. He sits on a toilet when he overhears NFL attorney Bob Batterman talking to a colleague about the labor negotiations. I’ve never gleaned any information in quite this manner, and honestly, I hope I never do. But hey, cheers to Borges to never being off the clock.
  • Charlotte Observer beat reporter Joe Person has a prediction on who the Panthers will make the No. 1 pick at the draft: Blaine Gabbert.
  • New Broncos coach John Fox believes that switching the team’s defense from the 3-4 to the 4-3 will really help Denver rush the passer.

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Posted on: March 23, 2011 12:19 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2011 12:20 pm

Hot Routes 3.23.11: Buddy Ryan has cancer

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • Once again, former coaching standout Buddy Ryan has cancer, according to Jets coach Rex Ryan. But Rex is confident in his father. Said Rex: "He's 80 years old, but he's doing great. He's tougher than (s---). He's had other things in his life. He overcame encephalitis. He's overcome cancer twice. He's tough."
  • Sounds like the students at Assumption Catholic Church in St. Louis had a blast with Rams RB Steven Jackson. Even if this was a team-sponsored event (the Rams had to get special permission before Jackson could appear).

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Posted on: March 16, 2011 12:45 pm
Edited on: March 16, 2011 1:05 pm

Ochocinco to the MLS?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For the NFL players who will be hurting for money if the lockout cuts into their in-season paychecks, there are a few different ways to earn some offseason cash.

Ochocinco Some might pull a few shifts at the local factory (not really), some will try to get paid to punch people in the face (paging Tom Zbikowski) and some will test out their footwork against other professional athletes.

Enter Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco, who tweeted today that he’ll be playing for the MLS’s Sporting Kansas City on March 22. There’s no game that day, so we assume this means he’ll be practicing with the squad. Or, as the Sporting KC twitter feed writes, he’ll be training/trying out.

[UPDATE (1:03 p.m.): According to CNBC's Darren Rovell, it'll be a four-day trial period with the team and that "this is not a publicity stunt."]

Before actually writing that he’d be willing to fight Zbikowski (there’s no way on earth this will happen, because, though Ochocinco boxes while training, Zbikowski would destroy him), Ochocinco has spoken of his affinity for futbol.

Now, he’ll get a chance to put his foot where his mouth is (er, money where his foot is. Um, you know what I mean).

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