Notre Dame's Zbikowski readies for second bout

Notre Dame safety Tom Zbikowski won't have to travel far for his second career boxing match. Zbikowski will fight Kevin Murphy on March 6 in a heavyweight exhibition bout at the Century Center in South Bend, Ind., according to a published report.

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''Man, I'm pumped up about this,'' Zbikowski told the Chicago Sun-Times, referring to fighting in South Bend. ''Most of my teammates will be there. And the Notre Dame fans will get a chance to see me fight.

''I'm not trying to go in there and just knock somebody out. I want to show off my actual skills.''

The fight will be a benefit for Hannah & Friends, Cystic Fibrosis and Make-A-Wish foundations. Hannah & Friends was started by Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis.

In his first fight last June, Zbikowski defeated Robert Bell in a 49-second technical knockout at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Zbikowski considered entering the NFL draft this April, but instead will return for another year at Notre Dame. He may take part in several other charity bouts, as long as they don't interfere with spring practice that begins March 21, according to the report.