With uncertain days ahead in the NFL, former All-Pro running backs Adrian Peterson and Le’Veon Bell will collide in an exhibition boxing match July 30 at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
Speaking Tuesday at their prefight news conference, Bell and Peterson each displayed ample respect for one another, offered little in terms of smack talk or predictions and offered the most notable takes on what lies in front of them on the gridiron.
Bell, who spent time with the Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, does not plan to play football in 2022 as he focuses singularly on boxing.
"It's been a challenge I've been willing to accept, something I took on," Bell said at the presser, hosted by event promoter Social Gloves. "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. This year, I know I'm not going to be playing this year because I want to focus on boxing. So, this transition for me has kind of been like, I guess, another opportunity for me. I'm just ready to showcase what I'm about.
"This is not just a one-off. 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."