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that was unreal, especially after that punk came out in an osu jersey, zibby just about killed him, official time 49 seconds, zibby literally made him do a 180 with one punch, all i have to say is wow!, tons of the players were there it was a great atmosphere and an unreal whoopin by zibby!

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It took Ohio State 60 minutes to put Notre Dame away in the Fiesta Bowl. Tom Zbikowski needed just 49 seconds to get a small measure of revenge.

 

Making his professional boxing debut in front of an energetic crowd that included several dozen of his Irish teammates, Zbikowski made quick work of an overmatched Robert Bell at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

 

Zbikowski entered the ring decked out in white, walking through a tunnel of his fellow Notre Dame players, with renowned gospel star Bebe Winans singing the Victory March. The introduction took longer than the bout.

 

Bell, who wore an Ohio State jersey into the ring, went for the kill early and failed miserably. He missed with his first swing, then after an exchange of harmless rights, the 227-pounder whiffed on a big right hand -- and Zbikowski made him pay dearly.

 

The All-American safety countered with a hard left to Bell's head, sending his bigger opponent staggering back to the corner. Two rights followed, and Zbikowski sent Bell to the canvas with a vicious series of three lefts.

 

After an eight count, Bell walked into the last punch he would see, a hard and straight right that all but shattered the jaw of the Ohio native. The referee couldn't step in quickly enough.

 

Now the focus turns back to football -- but odds are now that Zbikowski has gotten a taste of professional success, he'll be back in the ring after the 2006 season.

 

"I'm not stopping until somebody stops me," he said immediately following the bout.

 

Bell certainly couldn't

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Zbikowski gets first-round KO in pro debut

Zbikowski gets first-round KO in pro debut

 

 

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tommy Zbikowski, a third-team All-America at safety at Notre Dame, made his professional boxing debut with a 49-second, first-round knockout of the totally outclassed Robert Bell at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

 

The 21-year-old Zbikowski, of Arlington Heights, Ill., won 75 of his 90 amateur bouts and earned $25,000 for his first pro fight.

 

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He had two knockdowns of the 32-year-old Bell before referee Arthur Mercante Jr. called the scheduled four-round fight.

 

"I worked hard the last six, seven weeks," said the Notre Dame player, who had more than 50 teammates on hand. "I wanted to prove that I was more than just a football player."

 

Bell, of Akron, Ohio, fell to 2-3.

 

Zbikowski is able to be a professional in one sport and amateur in another according to NCAA rules as long as he does not receive money for endorsements or commercials

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Tommy Zzzzzz crushed Ohio State lovin' tomato can Robert Bell in 49 seconds to win his pro boxing debut at Madison Square Garden. One dream down, a bigger one to go. Immediately after the fight TZ said he was going to bring a national championship to Notre Dame

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Undercard: Zbikowski shakes down the thunderBy Eric Butterman

Special to ESPN.com

 

 

NEW YORK -- Tommy Zbikowski is used to taking and giving punishment on the football field. But on Saturday Night at Madison Square Garden, the ring was the thing for the Notre Dame third-team All-American safety.

 

 

 

AP Photo/Peter Morgan

Tommy Zbikowski is cheered by the crowd after winning his first pro heavyweight fight against Robert Bell. Robert Bell found that out the hard way, absorbing a fight's worth of punishment in 49 seconds before the bout was stopped as Zbikowski won his pro debut.

 

Zbikowski had two knockdowns of the 32-year-old Bell before referee Arthur Mercante Jr. called the scheduled four-round fight.

 

 

The fight itself was honestly not much of one. A near-sellout at Madison Square Garden saw Bell (2-3) go down soon after the opening bell, on one knee, glove up, as if in prayer. He was asked whether he wanted more and to Bell's credit, he continued, despite clearly being outmatched from the start.

 

 

Zbikowski immediately and literally wound up and fired. Bell spun around, flummoxed by the contact and took a few more shots before the fight was stopped 49 seconds into the first round. "Tommy Z!" chants quickly bellowed from the crowd.

 

 

The 21-year-old Zbikowski, of Arlington Heights, Ill., won 75 of his 90 amateur bouts and earned $25,000 for his first pro fight.

 

"I worked hard the last six, seven weeks," said the Notre Dame player, who had more than 50 teammates on hand. "I wanted to prove that I was more than just a football player."

 

Though Zbikowski is used to cheers, there's all the difference in the world between Notre Dame Stadium and the inclusive, in-your-face feel of the Garden. Visiting the New York City site in March, Zbikowski admitted the awe he felt at being able to make his debut at the site of so many memorable fights. If you wanted an added further touch of intimidation, try having Angelo Dundee working your corner, just as he did for a fighter named Ali so long ago.

 

 

But the venue signaled an opportunity for Zbikowski to transition from amateur to professional in rare fashion. More was on the line than money -- it was a chance for him to assert himself as a two-sport athlete, something that could create a groundswell of endorsement deals once his college football career is over, as well as notoriety.

 

 

Entering the fight, there was one question: Would the overwhelming nature of this spectacle force the newbie to be off his game and land firmly on the canvas? Zbikowki dismissed that question at Wednesday's press conference, saying, "I plan to put on a show of speed, skill and power the heavyweight division hasn't seen in a while."

 

 

Most agree that the low level of competition did not allow him to truly show his gifts, any more than working a bag would. But Bell, at 6-foot-2 and 227 pounds, held a three-inch and 13-pound advantage over his celebrated opponent.

 

 

Interviewed just after the fight, Zbikowski said he didn't want to be seen as just a football player, but a boxer. Well, this boxer's record is 1-0.

 

If you want you can go to http://sports.espn.go.com./sports/boxing/news/story?id=2478670 and see a prefight interview of him.

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Zbikowski punches in--and out--fast

Irish safety KO's foe in 49 seconds in New York bout

 

By Michael Hirsley

Tribune staff reporter

 

June 11, 2006

 

 

NEW YORK -- Notre Dame football defensive captain Tommy Zbikowski went on the offensive early in his professional boxing debut Saturday night, knocking out Robert Bell in 49 seconds of the first round.

 

Zbikowski dropped Bell with a series of sharp lefts 30 seconds into the first round. Then, after waiting for referee Arthur Mercante Jr. to check Bell as he rose on wobbly feet, Zbikowski rushed across the ring and unloaded an overhand right to the head that spun Bell across the ropes and convinced Mercante to stop the bout.

 

 

 

Their scheduled four-round fight immediately preceded the main event, in which power-punching Miguel Cotto bloodied and bruised game challenger Paulie Malignaggi and knocked him down once over 12 rounds to retain his World Boxing Organization 140-pound title by unanimous decision

 

"I wasn't nervous," Zbikowski said of his first pro fight, in front of a raucous crowd of 14,369 on the stage of the legendary Madison Square Garden boxing mecca. "I wanted to prove to everyone that I'm a fighter. I can fight. I'm not just a football player."

 

Saying that he was antsy to fight after nearly two months of preparation, the Fighting Irish safety exulted, "This was too much fun. I'd like to come back to the ring."

 

That said, he admitted that his football coach, Charlie Weis, would not hear of another fight this year. Weis phoned Zbikowski to congratulate him in his dressing room shortly after the brief encounter.

 

"Coach had watched the pay-per-view telecast," Zbikowski said. "He said, `It got over fast. Congratulations.'"

 

Zbikowski said if Bell landed a punch--and there might have been a couple--he did not feel it.

 

"I just wanted to come out and get in a few stiff jabs," he said. "When I threw a right to the body, it moved him. So I landed a left hook to the head and just kept throwing punches."

 

Bell went down in the midst of a flurry of left hands.

 

Zbikowski, who entered the arena behind a line of running Notre Dame teammates with receiver Jeff Samardzija carrying a Polish flag, was asked if he was motivated by Bell and two of his cornermen wearing rival Ohio State football jerseys. "You saw what I did," he replied.

 

In the main event, fast-talking Italian-American Brooklynite Malignaggi challenged junior welterweight champion Cotto, a Spanish-speaking Puerto Rican.

 

Also on the card, New Yorker John Duddy, a native of Northern Ireland, stopped Chicagoan Freddie Cuevas, who could not answer the bell for the eighth round in a middleweight bout. Lightweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., bearing the name of his father, the legendary Mexican boxer, knocked out Aaron Drake in the second round. Filipino junior lightweight Bobby Pacquiao, brother of top junior lightweight Manny Pacquiao, knocked out veteran Kevin Kelley with a short left hook to the body in the fourth round after dropping him with a left to the head in the third.

 

Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn said he and the rest of the team would take inspiration from Zbikowski's fight onto the football field. "Winning this fight erase any memories of the Fiesta Bowl (loss to Ohio State). Bell wearing that jersey made it all the sweeter for us."

 

Because of the novelty of a Notre Dame football player boxing, the Zbikowski-Bell bout was elevated to the status of top undercard bout.

 

"The wait was the hardest part," said Zbikowski, 66-13 as an amateur by his count.

 

- Bernard Hopkins (48-4-1) won a unanimous decision over light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver (24-4) in Atlantic City, capping an 18-year career with an upset for the ages.

 

The 41-year-old former middleweight champion, who jumped two weight classes in hopes of going out with a bang, did it in style, dismantling the 3-1 favorite with solid right leads, savvy defense and aggressive ringmanship.

 

"Half man, half amazing!" he yelled to the crowd, standing on the ring ropes when it was over.

 

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mhirsley@tribune.com

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Charlie's Reaction to the Fight

I know we all enjoyed watching the Tom Zbikowski fight and his dazzling first-round KO of known Ohio State fan Robert Bell. Charlie Weis, on the other hand, felt a little bit differently about Zbikowski's effort

 

 

Hey guys you need to go check out the Banner Charlie Weis made for Zibby.Its pretty awesome what he put on it for zippy.got ot http://houserockbuilt.blogspot.com. Charlie sure is showing his love to Zibby. :lol:

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