Ex-Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell KOs Adrian Peterson in absurd boxing show between NFL veterans

For a time it appeared that whoever had coached Le’Veon Bell for his exhibition boxing match had played an elaborate prank on him. Then Adrian Peterson made a sharp right turn.

The former Pittsburgh Steelers running back emerged victorious from a sparsely attended Social Gloves exhibition against his NFL running back on Saturday, despite an embarrassing display of form in the first four rounds. Each boxer landed only a handful of punches — and few, if any, significant punches — as announcers surly tried to justify what viewers had paid for.

Bell in particular seemed to be struggling somewhere on the level of Nate Robinsonwho almost bowed at the waist every time he tried to get a punch in and was knocked out by a single jab in the second round.

But of course, boxing matches can be decided in one fell swoop, whether it’s by Deontay Wilder or a former Pro Bowler trying to switch sports. In the fifth round, Bell caught Peterson with one of his toughest punches of the night, leaving the ex-MVP too dazed to continue.

That wasn’t the wildest end to the night, however, as former NBA guard Nick “Swaggy P” Young watched his boxing debut end after falling out with Tiktok influencer Minikon, a last-minute replacement for rapper BlueFace , flew through the ropes.

The match was called with Young lying on the mat in significant pain.

Luckily for Peterson and Young, there weren’t many people around to witness his fall. According to a report by DexertoThe Social Gloves event at the 22,000-seat Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles only sold around 200 tickets, and the organizers ended up giving away 1,000 tickets.

Even with this attempt to increase attendance, there were plenty of empty spaces to visualize the Oakland Athletics blush. The emptiness was visible most of the time during the stream, but the desolation came into focus through social media videos.

No matter how he got there, Bell can at least call himself a winner. Which is good, because the former all-pro apparently wants to make a career out of it.

said Bell before the fight He stays away from football to focus on boxing and reiterated that after his win on Saturday. When asked if he wanted to go pro or stay with the celebrity boxing circuit, he replied, “hell yeah.”

“I want to see how far I can go. I want to test my limits,” Bell said after the game. “I will continue and see what happens after that. I’m gonna enjoy tonight, don’t get me wrong. I’ve worked so hard for so long. I’ll enjoy tonight and then work out everything else later.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: LeVeon Bell, white swim trunks, knocks out Adrian Peterson in the fifth round at Banc of California Stadium on September 10, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

Le’Veon Bell ended the fight with one punch. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

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