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Ochocinco and Zbikowski Continue to Trade Verbal Punches

The beat goes on between Chad Ochocinco and Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski. Here’s the latest from the National Football Post on the current back and forth.

What’s happening between him and Chad Ochocinco and a potential boxing match:

TZ: “Yeah I’m waiting to. I know he started boxing I guess over a year ago or something and we play them twice a year every single year. I talk to him a little bit when we play him and stuff, but I know we’re trying to invite him to the fight and I’m getting my promoter to see if we can talk to his agent and maybe work out a deal for a fight.”

You have a ton more experience though?

TZ: “Yeah, but hey if he’s still wanting to do it, I didn’t start it.”

Whether or not the Ravens have an issue with him boxing this weekend:

TZ: “They’re not upset, but with all the labor talks and everything like that, there’s really not a lot that can be said. I don’t even think they’re allowed to contact us. Contract-wise, legally I’m a restricted free agent. I haven’t signed with anyone so there’s nothing legally binding me to not do this.”

Chad, are you going to box this weekend or just support Tom?

CJ: “No man how are you gonna box? You prepare for a boxing match. (Host: You need 3 months?) Yeah it really doesn’t matter. It depends how the CBA goes. If the CBA doesn’t get settled, we as players could actually do whatever we want because we’re legally not under contract. That would be something fun to be up on a Raven off the field.”

How much experience he has:

CJ: “I’ve been training boxing for the last six or seven years before each football season with some of the best. Not like that means anything but I know a thing or two about boxing.”

If he would be willing to fight Tom in Chicago:

CJ: “Yeah most definitely. I mean Chicago is good, but with me and Zib fighting we can probably go sell out the MGM Grand easily.”

The Zbikowski fight is on the undercard of a Showtime pay-per-view event.

At a press conference Thursday, Zbikowski said: “It’s an honor to be back. It’s an honor to be fighting for Top Rank and Mr. Arum. Everyone seems to be thanking who they think is important so I’d like to thank myself because, at the end of the day, I’m the one getting punched in the face and I’m the one doing the training. So hopefully, you’ll enjoy what you see on Saturday night.”

Zbikowski’s opponent is Richard Bryant (1-2).

“I know Tommy boxed his first fight at MSG so he’s kind of used to this,” Bryant said. “He’s a world class athlete. I give him all the respect in the world for all he’s done but I didn’t come here to lose. At the end of the day, I hope we don’t leave it up to the judges.”

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