Adrian Peterson and Le’Veon Bell have signed deals for a July 30 heavyweight boxing exhibition at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, sources told ESPN on Monday.
Both former All-Pro running backs will be competing in a boxing ring for the first time, but as it is an exhibition, the bout will not officially mark their debut in professional boxing.
The deal continues the trend of big athletes and social media stars taking up boxing.
Frank Gore, another All-Pro running back, fought NBA All-Star Deron Williams in a show on the Jake Paul-Tyron Woodley 2 undercard in December. Gore then made his pro debut in May with a fourth-round knockout.
Peterson and Bell meet at the undercard of Social Gloves 2, an event promoted by YouTube star Austin McBroom. McBroom will face off against fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib in the main event. Rapper Blueface will face former NBA player Nick Young on the undercard.
Peterson, 37, is a former MVP ranked No. 5 on the NFL’s career rushing yards list.
Currently a free agent, Peterson played four games last season, splitting time between the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks. He said he plans to eventually retire as a member of the Minnesota Vikings.
Bell, 30, is also a free agent. He played eight games last season (five with the Baltimore Ravens and three with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers). He is best known for his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
https://www.espn.com/boxing/story/_/id/34158119/running-backs-adrian-peterson-leveon-bell-sign-deals-boxing-exhibition-july-sources-say Running backs Adrian Peterson, Le’Veon Bell sign deals for boxing exhibition in July, sources say