Another fight, another first-round knockout.
Tom Zbikowski is making a habit of finishing off his opponents quickly.
Zbikowski, the Ravens safety and boxer who was fighting professionally yesterday for the first time in nearly five years, didn’t wait around long to finish off his opponent in his return to the ring. He knocked out Richard Bryant in just 1:45, boosting his pro boxing record to 2-0.
Weighing 32 pounds less than Bryant, Zbikowski was at a significant size disadvantage, but he danced away from a few big punches from Bryant early on and then finished off his overmatched opponent with a wicked left hook to the body.
Bryant crumbled to the canvas, and while he got to his feet after eight seconds, the referee stopped the fight, giving Zbikowski the TKO.
In Zbikowski’s first professional fight, he needed just 49 seconds to knock out Robert Bell. This time, with a number of his Ravens teammates on hand, including Ed Reed, Domonique Foxworth, Chris Carr, Lardarius Webb, Haruki Nakamura, Paul Kruger and Arthur Jones, it took more than twice that.
But hey, another first-round victory will do.
“I was looking to get a little more work but you take a win any way you can get it,” Zbikowski said, according to the AP. “I know I hurt him with the hook, you could feel the air come out.”
Zbikowski isn’t done in the ring just yet. He’s scheduled to fight again on March 26 in Atlantic City. From there, who knows where his pro sporting career will go. The NFL restricted free agent has talked about switching to boxing full-time at some point down the road.
With the NFL in a lockout, however, Zbikowski only has one sport to worry about for now.
“I wanted to get the ring rust off in this fight,” Zbikowski said. “Right now this isn’t a second career for me. It’s a first career.”