le’Veon Bell defeated Adrian Peterson in a boxing match between the two former runners on Saturday night at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, winning by TKO in the fifth round.
The two biggest names on the postcard titled “Social Gloves: No Talk” were Bell and Peterson.
In the fifth round of their five-round exhibition, Bell defeated Peterson with a straight right that landed him squarely in the chin after four sluggish rounds.
When Peterson got up, he stumbled and the referee had to stop the fight because Peterson swayed violently from side to side.
The fight was relatively unremarkable until Bell’s takedown in the fifth round, when Peterson knocked Bell to the ground early in the fight.
“I really appreciate everyone’s love and support,” Bell, the former Pittsburgh Steelers star, said after the fight.
“That’s really what kept me going. To be honest, all this hatred… that motivates me.”
Bell, 30, has confirmed his intention to pursue a career in boxing and has said he retired from football in the past.
Before Saturday’s game, Bell, who played eight games last season with the Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers combined, said he hopes to succeed in the ring after a successful football career.
With 14,918 career rushing yards, Peterson is fifth in NFL history. In 2021, he appeared in four games for the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans.
Peterson, 37, has not officially retired like Bell. He claimed to have always loved boxing and jumped at the opportunity to keep fit in case he decided to play football again.
Former college basketball player Austin McBroom, who has 6.4 million followers on Instagram, was the main postcard performer.