Ravens' Zbikowski challenges Ochocinco to charity bout

Safety says he'd let fight go 45 seconds before knocking wide receiver out

March 08, 2011|By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun

Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski wants to take his fight with Cincinnati wide receiver Chad Ochocinco from Twitter to M&T Bank Stadium.

After exchanging some tweets Monday, Zbikowski challenged Ochocinco to a charity four-round boxing match in the Ravens' home stadium in May.

"In all seriousness, Top Rank [boxing promotion] and I would like to extend an invitation to Chad Ochocinco and his agent to make this fight happen," Zbikowski posted on Twitter.

The verbal sparring match between the two players began when Zbikowski said the NFL player he'd most like to go against in the ring is Ochocinco.

"Ochocinco talks like he can box," Zbikowski said on the Dan Patrick Show.

Zbikowski, who is fighting his second professional boxing match on Saturday in Las Vegas, said the bout against the talkative wide receiver 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."

Ochocinco responded directly to Zbikowski on Twitter: "You [want to] go nite nite, you want to box me, for [one] your feet are [too] slow and you've no hand speed to even be competitive #smh [shake my head]."

Their fight on Twitter continued with Zbikowski responding: "Dear Ochocinco (I won't call you Johnson cause you only get one name change in my book), thanks for following my career...You and me at M&T Bank Stadium, charity four-round boxing match. You wear Orange and Black and I will wear Purple and black. If we do it in May, that should give you enough time to get ready...You game?"

Ochocinco has not yet responded.

Kindle court day postponed

Sergio Kindle's court case for driving under the influence has been postponed because of a scheduling conflict involving his attorney, according to a clerk at the Howard County District Court.

No new date has been set. He was originally scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

Kindle missed his rookie season because he suffered a head injury after falling down two flights of stairs just before the start of training camp. He recently met with two doctors in an attempt to get cleared for contact, but team officials said the Ravens haven't been notified of the results.

Agent: McGahee, Ravens to part ways

Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Willis McGahee, said that he expects the Ravens to trade or release the veteran running back, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

"We don't expect to be back unless they'll pay him his contract," Rosenhaus said.

It's been assumed that the Ravens would release McGahee because he is scheduled to make $6 million in 2011. The Ravens could re-sign him to a less expensive deal if they released him.

McGahee, 29, set career lows last season in carries (100) and rushing yards (380). He tied career lows in yards per carry (3.8) and rushing touchdowns (five).

Jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

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