Tom Zbikowski throws an uppercut vs. Caleb Grummet in Atlantic City on March 26, 2011 during hs 4-round unanimous decision. (Chris Farina-Top Rank)
The Baltimore Ravens' Tom Zbikowski went the distance for the first time in his professional boxing career, yet still won on a unanimous decision over Caleb "True Grit" Grummet in Atlantic City on Saturday night, to go to 3-0 in his professional boxing career. The Ravens' safety fought a tougher opponent than he had in his previous two pro fights, which both ended in knockouts before the end of the first round. Saturday night, however, Grummet, a former MMA cagefighter, presented a tougher task, but Tommy Z, as he is known in the ring, still managed to dominate the four rounds for the one-sided victory
As the fight dragged on in the final moments, it was Grummet who seemed to be the stronger fighter, as Zbi held on as the clock ticked down. According to the story in the Atlantic City Press' online edition, Zbikowski puked his guts out on his way back to the dressing room after the decision was announced.
Grummet outweighed Zbikowski by 20 pounds (215 to 195) and the difference showed as Zbi was pummeled against the ropes in the final round, but still managed to win the fight on all three of the judge's scoring cards. Regardless of the way the fight ended, it was still a win for the undefeated Raven, and valuable experience that he can use to build on as his opponents get better and his career as a pugilist continues.
Tommy was originally planning to fight every couple of weeks, but this type of fight may have him resting a bit longer before stepping into the ring again. Of course, his future will be guided more by the NFL's ability to get a new Collective Bargaining Agreement signed more anything else.