Denzil Stone – Atlantic City
Tommy ‘The Big’ Zbikowski has canceled his upcoming boxing bouts – two summer fixtures including a June 4 date on the undercard of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr’s world title shot against WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik – in favour of returning to training with his football team-mates at Baltimore Ravens. The safety claimed the experience of fighting for Top Rank promoter Bob Arum again was “tremendous”.
“It’s time to start the transition back to football,” Zbikowski explained to the Los Angeles Times via text messages. “My teammates are starting to organize some workouts, so it’s just time to head back (to Baltimore). Wish I had more time to do both.”
Tommy Z’s team-mates have organised workout sessions themselves and he stated his attendance “was myself showing [them] that I’m getting ready for this upcoming season. It’s going to be a big year for the Ravens and I need to be ready.
“It was a very tough decision for me,” lamented Zbikowski. “It was a tremendous experience fighting for Arum again. But as tough as it is to turn yourself into a fighter, it’s equally as tough to transition into an NFL player.”
Zbikowski (4-0-0, 3ko) despite his relative inexperience in professional boxing was beginning to develop a reputation as an intriguing prospect due to his crossover power. A two-sport athlete, Zbikowski’s most recent fight was an impressive first round knockout over Blake Warner (see embedded video below, credit Youtube, JFKConspiracy).
The American’s victory at the Red River Rumble event in the WinStar Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma on April, 23 was clouded due to his testing positive of a marijuana substance; THC. Zbikowski, along with several other fighters at the event, were granted the opportunity to be subjected to a second testing and Zbikowski tested negative, indicating the first test was a “false positive”. The local boxing commission consequently over-ruled a ban that had previously been imposed upon Zbikowski.
Top Rank promoter Arum stated that the drug test had nothing to do with Zbikowski’s return to the gridiron.