Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski has a 3-0 record as a professional boxer, but his teammate, Ray Lewis, has a piece of advice: Don’t ever step into the ring with me.
Asked on NFL Network what would happen if the two Ravens ever laced up the gloves for a fight, Lewis said he’d win, hands down.
“Zbikowski would lose,” Lewis said. “We’ve already talked about that. Zbikowski is a realist when it comes to the sport. The locker room talk is always that about who can beat who. He’ll be the first to tell you he’s not going to get in the ring with a 250-pound person. That’s crazy!”
But that’s not what Zbikowski said in an interview last month. Although he acknowledged that he’d be nervous stepping into the ring with Lewis, Zbikowski said he’d beat any active NFL player in a boxing match.
And I agree with Zbikowski: Although boxing has weight classes for a reason, and Lewis’s size advantage is significant, Zbikowski has spent years as an amateur boxer and now had three fights as a professional, and Lewis has no real boxing experience at all. My money is on Zbikowski if the two ever step into the ring.
But there’s only one way to find out: While Zbikowski and Lewis have nothing better to do during the lockout, it’s time for some smart promoter to book a Raven vs. Raven fight in Baltimore.