Baltimore Ravens Tom Zbikowski wins third straight professional boxing match

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Baltimore Ravens Tom Zbikowski wins third straight professional boxing match

Tom Zbikowski, safety for the Baltimore Ravens, won his third professional boxing match on Saturday night against Caleb Grummet in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Zbikowski has now won all three of his professional bouts, his last one coming on 12 March against Richard Bryant. He won this one in a decision victory over Grummet, also known as “True Grit,” being favored by all three judges, 38-37, 39-36 and 39-36.

This was by far the most difficult fight for Zbikowski, who is a 215 pound, 5-foot, 11-inch cruiserweight. Zbikowski won his last two fights with technical knockouts (TKOs) in his last two fights. The newspaper that reported the fight is based in Baltimore, Maryland and also cited a source that said that Zbikowski’s next fight will be outside of Dallas, Texas in a Native American Casino. The date and exact venue of the bout is not known yet.

Zbikowski could become an unrestricted free agent in 2012 if there is a new collective bargaining agreement agreed upon. He still has to sign his restricted free agent waiver with the Ravens but he is optimistic about his future.

"Without a doubt -- if I can get that worked out -- that's my perfect world," Zbikowski said on Friday. "Other people might not feel that same way. If we can get that worked out, I can play at [Ravens’ home field] M&T Bank Stadium in the season and fight at M&T Bank Stadium in the offseason."

Ravens owner Steve Biscotti fully supports the three-year safety in his professional boxing career, calling his performance in the ring “awesome.”

Zbikowski has just completed his fourth season with the Ravens after being drafted by them 86th overall in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of the University of Notre Dame. He made his professional boxing debut while still at Notre Dame on 10 June, 2006. He defeated Robert Bell by a TKO just 49 seconds into their fight at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. He won his second bout against Bryant less than two minutes into the first round of the fight by a TKO even though the match was scheduled to be a four-round fight.

Zbikowski played in all 16 games of his rookie season with the Ravens, but started none of them. He had a total of 19 tackles, only three of which were assisted. In 2009, he started in four of the 15 games that he played in and recorded 29 total tackles, five of which were assisted. That year, Zbikowski also deflected four passes and had two interceptions that he returned for a total of 13 yards.

In 2010, Zbikowski started in six of the eight games that he played in, recording 17 tackles, three of which were assisted. 

 

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