The Ravens and Bengals have played in some memorable games in recent years, with Cincinnati winning three of the past four meetings between the two sides. Most expected the next matchup to take place sometime next fall, but two players are discussing meeting up before that.
Ravens FS Tom Zbikowski, an emerging boxer who will be stepping into the ring on March 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to fight his second professional bout, challenged Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco to a fight via social media on Monday. The talkative wideout accepted the challenge, saying he "owed a ... whooping to Ray Lewis" but would gladly exchange that to fight Zbikowski.
Ochocinco started the war of words on Twitter, saying he was too fast and that Zbikowski's lack of hand speed would result in him going "nite nite" if they were to box. The Ravens safety responded, writing on his Facebook page: "Dear Ocho Cinco (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?"
Zbikowski followed that up on Twitter, saying the invitation was made in all seriousness, and asked Ochocinco's agent to work on setting something up.
The discussion concluded, so far, with Ochocinco saying, "in all seriousness I'd give you the ... whooping I owe Ray Lewis so let's go, n any of your other teammates can get beat up 2."
The way we see it
A lot of people have made predictions on what would happen if there was a lockout and the players weren't bound to the letter of their contracts. But to our knowledge, nobody guessed that it would result in two players boxing each other for charity in the middle of an NFL stadium. While it's unlikely this fight ever takes place, it would be quite entertaining for football fans to see.
Note: The spelling inside the quotes is taken directly from the Twitter accounts of @ochocinco and @tommyzbikowski.