Le'Veon Bell shifts focus to boxing, walking away from the NFL

 | July 13, 2022


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Bell is set to box Adrian Peterson in Los Angeles this July.

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Le’Veon Bell has revealed that he won’t be playing in the NFL this season and is instead going to focus on boxing. He made the announcement during a news conference this week.

The conference was held by Social Gloves to promote his upcoming fight against Adrian Peterson on July 30th at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.

Bell said: “Boxing is something that, you know, they always say it's something you can't play boxing. Last year, I almost sat out the whole year to try to focus on boxing because I kind of knew that was what I wanted to transition to.”

He continued: “This year, I know I'm not going to be playing this year because I want to focus on boxing.” Bell also made it clear that this won’t be his only fight and plans to book more boxing matches in the future. 

“This is, I guess like my introduction to kind of show what I'll be doing and how I'll be going about myself. Just an intro,” Bell added.

Peterson also commented on boxing, stating: “This is something that I definitely can see myself doing going forward as well, just depending on how things kind of play out for me.”

Peterson, who is 37 years old, added: “We have a lot of guys sparring all the time, and I've had the opportunity in the past to get in there with those guys a couple times and here recently, obviously, getting ready for the fight.”

Bell finished the 2021-22 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while Peterson finished with the Seattle Seahawks. Both of the players are free agents for the 2022-23 season. 

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