As Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski continues to get more attention for his upcoming boxing match than he ever gets for his in-season activities on the field, he made an appearance today in which he said he’d like to get the chance to knock out Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco.
On the Dan Patrick Show, Zbikowski was asked which NFL player he’d most like to face in the ring. In an instant, he named the Bengals receiver he faces twice a year on the field.
“Ochocinco talks like he can box,” Zbikowski said.
Ochocinco has said in the past that he’d like to box in the offseason, and he said this weekend that he’d like to fight UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. But unlike Zbikowski, Ochocinco has never actually laced up the gloves, and Zbikowski said a fight between himself and Ochocinco wouldn’t last long.
“I’d let it go for about 45 seconds,” Zbikowski said. “I’d let him know what a real jab feels like.”
Zbikowski said he’d beat any active NFL player in a boxing match, although he acknowledged he’d be nervous if he had to step into the ring with teammate Ray Lewis, and he said he believes another teammate, Haloti Ngata, has the talent to be the heavyweight champion of the world if he wanted to quit football and dedicate himself to boxing.
UPDATE: CSNChicago.com has the full video of Zbikowski’s interview with Dan Patrick.