Ochocinco: It would be fun to 'beat up on a Raven off the field'

March 10, 2011|By Matt Vensel

Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski and Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco both appeared on "The Afternoon Saloon" on ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago yesterday, and they engaged in a little friendly trash talk over the possibility of a charity boxing match between the AFC North rivals.

Zbikowski said last week that Ochocinco was the NFL player he would most like to box, and after Ochocinco fired back on Twitter, Zbikowski proposed a four-round match for charity.

"I’m getting my promoter to see if we can talk to his agent and maybe work out a deal for a fight," Zbikowski said at the start of yesterday's appearance. "I’ve got a fight Saturday and people are trying to book tickets for the fight against Ochocinco that’s not even [been organized] yet."

The hosts, John Jurkovic and Carmen DeFalco, somehow got Ochocinco on the line -- he was at an airport, of course -- and Zbikowski invited him to this weekend's bout against Richard Bryant at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

"You know damn well I'm coming to support you man, most definitely," Ochocinco said.

Asked if he could be ring-ready in three months, Ochocinco wasn't as zealous as he was on Twitter.

"It depends on the CBA goes because if the CBA doesn't get settled, we as players can actually do whatever we want because we’re legally not under contract," Ochocinco said before putting his clown outfit back on. "So that would be something fun, to beat up on a Raven off the field."

I truly enjoy Ochocinco's candor -- how can you not? -- but I would pay $50 to watch him get smacked around by Zbikowski. I know I'm not the only one, and Ochocinco knows it, too.

"We could probably sell out the MGM Grand easy," he said.

[Hat tip to Ravens.com]

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