Former All-Pro running backs Adrian Peterson and Le’Veon Bell will square off in an exhibition boxing battle on July 30 in Los Angeles as the NFL faces uncertain times. At their prefight press conference on Tuesday, Bell and Peterson both showed a great deal of respect for one another, avoided making any predictions or smack talk, and provided the most noteworthy analyses of what would happen on the field.
It was a task that Bell was willing to face and one that he undertook. “Boxing is something that, as they frequently point out, cannot be played. I nearly took a year out of school last year to attempt to concentrate on boxing since I had a vague idea that was what I wanted to transfer to. I’ve decided not to play this year because I want to concentrate on boxing.” Bell spent the season playing for both the Baltimore Ravens and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.