Tommy Z Withdraws From Fight, Eyes Football Return

By Jim Morgan

Baltimore Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski withdrew Tuesday from his scheduled June 4 boxing match, saying he wants to focus on his NFL career, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"It was time to start the transition back to football," Zbikowski told the paper in text messages. "My teammates are starting to organize some workouts, so it's just time to head back. Wish I had more time to do both."

Zbikowski was slated to fight cruiserweight Mike Howell at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as part of an HBO telecast June 4. The undercard bout was to precede the middleweight title fight between German champion Sebastian Zbik and Mexico's Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

The 26-year-old, who won three fights this offseason, said he doesn't think he can continue to train for the fight and get ready for the upcoming NFL season, which is still jeopardized by the ongoing lockout.

"It was a very tough decision for me. It was a tremendous experience fighting for [promoter Bob] Arum again," Zbikowski said. "As tough as it is to turn yourself into a fighter, it's equally as tough to transition into an NFL player."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by TaurusJ27 on 05-24-2011

I think that this was something to keep him busy during the lockout.

Comment by Mikhnienko on 05-24-2011

[QUOTE=Pirao;10595317]He knew he would get KTFO sooner or later, so he decided to avoid the embarrassment. Good decision.[/QUOTE] Word is that he recently was sparring with Delray Raines (a MW) and got knocked through the ropes lol

Comment by StrangerInTown on 05-24-2011

Another pigskin palooka bites the dust. Maybe Emanuel Steward and HBO can lure another pretender into the Arum ratings race. Tommy Z. or Mickey D., they mean the same to me. You better have a Whopper ready if you want…

Comment by KeepOnPushing on 05-24-2011

And i Respect some of the backlash also, because i can see where some posters are coming from, ya'll are basically saying he is "Using" boxing, but i believe Tom Started out as a Boxer first then went to Football…

Comment by Pirao on 05-24-2011

He knew he would get KTFO sooner or later, so he decided to avoid the embarrassment. Good decision.

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