THACKERVILLE — Baltimore Ravens safety Tommy Zbikowski knows there are always going to be doubters about how serious he is about boxing.
It's easy for people to say he's doing it for the novelty of it — that he's some sideshow attraction.
And then you watch him fight. Zbikowski's fourth bout might have been his most impressive, scoring a first-round technical knockout Saturday night at the WinStar Casino.
Zbikowski improved to 4-0 with three of the wins by knockout.
“This was my best win since coming back from a five-year layoff,” Zbikowski said. “I felt composed and relaxed out there.”
Coming off a decision victory in his last bout, Zbikowski wasn't looking for the knockout, but he put the punches together against Oklahoma City's Blake Warner to earn the stoppage.
It was a right uppercut at the 2:20 mark of the opening stanza that forced referee Vic Drakulich to call a halt to the bout without even making a count. However, it was the way he set it up that showed how much dedication Zbikowski has to the sport.
With Warner in a defensive posture and Warner's defense held high, Zbikowski did something that not even some of the most disciplined boxers are able to recognize. He attacked the body.