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Video: Le’Veon Bell KOs Adrian Peterson in Boxing Fight Between Former NFL RBs

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The boxing battle between two of the greatest running backs out of this era of the NFL was won by Le’Veon Bell.

The two-time All-Pro defeated Adrian Peterson via TKO in the fifth round at Banc of California Stadium in LA.

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Bell, who spent this past year with the Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, told reporters July 12 he wasn’t likely to play in the NFL this year and would instead focus solely on boxing:

“Boxing is a thing that, you understand, they always say it’s something you can’t play boxing. This past year, I almost sat out the complete year to attempt to concentrate on boxing because I sort of knew that has been what I needed to transition to. This season, I understand I’m not likely to be playing this season because I would like to concentrate on boxing.”

Bell and Peterson have combined to create 10 Pro Bowl appearances and six All-Pro teams throughout their NFL careers, and the latter holds the distinction to be the final non-quarterback to win an MVP award.

Peterson appeared in four games with the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks in 2021. He said in March he wasn’t seeking to retire from the NFL at this stage.

Despite not getting contract offers that lured him back again to the league, the 37-year-old managed to get clear in the buildup to the boxing match he was in great health.

“I am going within to win this fight,” Peterson told Manouk Akopyan of BoxingScene. “That’s my mentality. I understand Le’Veon is strong aswell, but I’ll give myself the edge with regards to being explosive and getting the power. My No. 1 attribute is my mentality, my toughness, my grit. Which has got me through so much, even beyond football.”

However, Bell could overcome Peterson’s power and explosiveness to win his first career match in the ring. The 30-year-old could be too old to show this right into a second career, but this initial attempt at the very least gives him something to create on.

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