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Tom Zbikowski, is hanging up his boxing gloves for now so he can “transition back to football.”

The Ravens safety has said that he is pausing his boxing career because he wanted to show his teammates that he is serious about getting ready for the 2011 season. He said the decision was tough and he enjoyed the opportunity to fight for Arum again.

Zbikowski told the Los Angeles Times: “It was time to start the transition back to football…My teammates are starting to organize some workouts, so it’s just time to head back (to Baltimore). Wish I had more time to do both…As tough as it is to turn yourself into a fighter, it’s equally as tough to transition into an NFL player.”

Zbikowski was 3-0 in his return to the boxing ring during the NFL’s work stoppage and is 4-0 in his professional boxing career.

Baltimore Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski, has decided to return to boxing as a result of the news topping NFL lockout. His 4 round match is set for March 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be televised on Showtime PPV. Also, this will be the second time he’s fought as an undercard for a Miguel Cotto headlined fight. He’s been boxing since age 9 and has a record of 75-15.

More details: http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/boxing/news/story?id=6176253

To be brief: The Chargers use their strong safeties down in the box more than most teams in the league. That’s why they’ve usually had a bigger safety excel there in years past (Kevin Ellison 2009). Someone like Bob Sanders and his injury history won’t be able to handle that style of play after getting hurt in the Colts’ (easier) Cover 2 scheme.