In a boxing match in which two former NFL stars appeared, Levon Bell better than Adrian Petersonshook him with a tough right hand to score a TKO win in the fifth round on Saturday night at Bank of California Stadium in Los Angeles.
Bill and Peterson were the two biggest names on the card, which was dubbed “Social Gloves: No More Talk.”
After four slow rounds in their five-round fair, he brought down Bill Peterson in the fifth round with a straight right that had him drooping on his chin. Peterson was wobbly when he got back on his feet, forcing the referee to stop the match while Peterson swung from side to side.
Peterson knocked Bale down earlier in the fight, but it was mostly a tricky affair until Bale’s decisive blow in the fifth inning.
“I appreciate everyone’s love and support, really,” Bell, the former Pittsburgh Steelers star, said after the fight. “That really got me going. Honestly, all the hate…that motivates me.”
Bale, 30, has reiterated his plans to pursue a career in boxing, noting that he has put football behind him.
Ahead of Saturday’s event, Bale, who played eight games last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Baltimore Ravens, said he wanted to be a star in the ring after an impressive career on the football field.
Peterson, who ranks fifth on the NFL all-time roster with 14,918 yards, played a total of four games in 2021 with the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks. Like Bell, Peterson, 37, has not officially retired. Peterson said he has always been a fan of boxing and that he accepted the opportunity to have fun and stay in shape for a potential return to the NFL.
The title of the card was YouTube star Austin McBroom, a former college basketball player who has 6.4 million followers on Instagram. And the Nick Youngthe former NBA star aka Swaggy P, confronted social media influencer Minikon.
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