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mesaSteeler
03-11-2011, 12:00 PM
AFC North fights wed like to see
March, 11, 2011
Mar 11 11:00 AM ET
http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth
By James Walker
Earlier this week Baltimore Ravens safety and professional boxer Tom Zbikowski said he'd like to get Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco in the ring. Ochocinco responded via Twitter that Zbikowski couldn't beat him, making for an entertaining back and forth between two division rivals.

With Zbikowski set to have his second professional fight on Saturday, here is an AFC North offseason boxing card we'd like to put together, along with predictions.

Bout No. 1: Ochocinco vs. Zbikowski

Analysis: Ochocinco uses his quickness to avoid Zbikowski early. But Zbikowski, a trained boxer, cuts off the ring in the second round and puts Ochocinco down for the count. Afterwards, Ochocinco asks the ref for a personal foul penalty to no avail.

AFCN blog pick: Zbikowski by KO in Round 2

Bout No. 2: Ravens DL Haloti Ngata vs. Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey

Analysis: Ngata enters the ring with the perfect combination of brute strength and surprisingly nimble feet. Pouncey gives Ngata a good test. But the rookie is eventually worn down by Ngata's power and experience.

AFCN blog pick: Ngata by KO in Round 5

Bout No. 3: Ravens RB Willis McGahee vs. Steelers S Ryan Clark

Analysis: In the shortest bout of the night, McGahee and Clark aggressively come at each other and both connect with huge blows to the head, knocking the two fighters out simultaneously.

AFCN blog pick: Double TKO in Round 1

Bout No. 4: Steelers LB James Harrison vs. Browns LT Joe Thomas

Analysis: In a classic fight between a brawler and tactician, Thomas tries to use his height and reach to keep Harrison on the outside. But Harrison's relentlessness finally gets to Thomas and the Browns Pro Bowler is stopped late in the fight.

AFCN blog pick: Harrison by KO in Round 8

Bout No. 5: Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger vs. Ravens QB Joe Flacco

Analysis: Flacco comes into this fight with a ton of pressure and is trying to win a big fight for the first time in his career. But despite a game effort, Flacco falls short again. Roethlisberger comes through late by winning the money rounds 8-10 to take a close decision.

AFCN blog pick: Roethlisberger by decision in Round 10

Bout No. 6: Steelers RB Rashard Mendenhall vs. Ravens LB Ray Lewis

Analysis: With Nelly's "Hot in Here" blasting throughout the arena, Lewis has the most electrifying entrance of the night. Mendenhall is seeking revenge for a broken shoulder he suffered from Lewis in 2008. But Lewis gets the last laugh, as Mendenhall fumbles his mouthpiece and Lewis takes advantage with a teeth-rattling right hand in Round 7.

AFCN blog pick: Lewis by KO in Round 7

Main event and bout No. 7: Steelers S Troy Polamalu vs. Ravens S Ed Reed

Analysis: Ali-Frazier. ... Hagler-Hearns. ... Reed-Polamalu. The NFL's two best safeties stage a classic battle for 10 rounds that will go down as Ring Magazine's Fight of the Year in 2011. Afterwards, the fight goes to the judges' scorecards.

# AFCN blog pick: "Troy Reed"

harrison'samonster
03-11-2011, 06:32 PM
nice. Pouncey and Ngata would be a classic fight. Ngata's got the size, and they both have heart. That would be a fight to see.

siss
03-11-2011, 06:43 PM
I would like to see Ngata V. Roethlisberger.

SteelCityMom
03-11-2011, 06:55 PM
Lol @ "Troy Reed"

finesward
03-12-2011, 03:30 PM
Wow no hines ward fight?? No thanks...

What about Limas Sweed vs. Corey Ivey

Hines Ward vs Keith Rivers

Ray Lewis vs. Harrison would be better

Jeff Reed vs. Towel dispenser

bornaSteelersfan
03-13-2011, 03:28 AM
Wow no hines ward fight?? No thanks...

What about Limas Sweed vs. Corey Ivey

Hines Ward vs Keith Rivers

Ray Lewis vs. Harrison would be better

Jeff Reed vs. Towel dispenser


Hines Ward would demand thumbless gloves, though (like Sugar Ray Leonard)

Jeff Reed would lose, missing the tackle.

How about Plaxico Buress and Shaun Rogers?
:dualies::m16:

Merchant
03-13-2011, 02:29 PM
Harrison vs Lewis would be epic.