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

 | July 13, 2022


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


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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