Le’Veon Bell to Make Professional Boxing Debut October 29
Former Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is set to make his professional boxing debut on October 29th against MMA fighter and former UFC star Uriah Hall.
The fight will take place as part of the card for the upcoming Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva fight set up by Most Valuable Promotions at Gila River Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Bell’s debut will air on Showtime on Pay Per View. The event is expected to kick off at 9 p.m. ET.
Le’Veon Bell won his boxing debut by knockout in an exhibition against Adrian Peterson. He threw a straight right hand to the jaw of Peterson that knocked him down 23 seconds into the fifth and final round scheduled. Peterson got back to his feet but the fight was stopped and Bell declared the winner.
Bell, 30, played last season with the Baltimore Ravens and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but recorded a career-low 39 carries for 101 yards on the season. The former Steelers second-round draft pick was a three-time All-Pro in his four seasons in Pittsburgh, but left the team after sitting out the 2018 season in a contract dispute and never re-gained the level of success he had with the Steelers.
In July, Bell announced that he would step from football in order to fully concentrate on his boxing career. This will be the first professional step in that journey.
“I’m excited for this next chapter of my life, my journey to be the BEST at what I do,” Bell said in an Instagram post. “The NFL has done great things for me, & I truly appreciated every single year of my NFL journey.”