With the NFL lockout hanging over the league on a daily basis, some players have been trying to figure out other ways of making some cash, and attempting to keep themselves busy. Baltimore Ravens’ safety Tom Zbikowski is one of those players, and he’s made some headlines for his foray into the world of boxing, and he’s gotten off to a good start, even though there was some controversy along the way.
Zbikowski ran his professional boxing record to 4-0 after a first-round knockout of Blake Warner at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma, and he has now knocked out three of his opponents in the first round. Those who watch the NFL spread can tell you that Zbikowski is a gifted player when he has had to replace Ed Reed, but he’s nice with his hands, and he looked refocused against Warner. Trainer Emanuel Steward wasn’t happy with Zbikowski’s performance in a decision win over Caleb Grummet in New Jersey, so they went back to the drawing board, and Zbikowski surely listened to his lessons from Steward, who is in the Boxing Hall of Fame.
[adinserter block=”2″]There was a bit of a flap after the match as Zbikowski failed a drug test for marijuana, but the matter has since been taken care of and he passed the subsequent test, clearing him to fight again. Zbikowski’s next match will be on June 4th in Los Angeles against Mike Howell, and you have to figure that he’ll keep rolling through these lower-level contenders, although that isn’t to say that Zbikowski hasn’t been impressive.
He’s also been aided by having Steward in his corner as the great has trained the likes of Thomas Hearns, the welterweight legend who is known for battles with “Sugar” Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran and “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler. Steward can surely pass on some of his knowledge to Zbikowski, who is willing to soak up as much of that knowledge as possible. He’ll be eager to get back to the football field, but the Ravens can be assured that Zbikowski will be in shape when the season resumes.