For a while, it seemed that whoever coached Levon Bell for his exhibition boxing match was playing an elaborate prank with him. Then Adrian Peterson went straight to a hard right.
The former Pittsburgh Steelers emerged victorious against their fellow NFL teammates by participating in the ongoing Social Gloves exhibition back on Saturday, despite an embarrassing first four round performances. Each boxer received only a few blows—and few, if any, significant blows—as the announcers attempted to justify the payoff by the spectators.
Bell in particular seemed to be fighting somewhere around Nate Robinson’s level, bending at the waist almost every time he tried to hit a punch and fell down with a single blow in the second round. .
But, of course, boxing matches can be decided on a single punch, whether it’s from Deontay Wilder or a former pro bowler trying to change the game. In the fifth round, Bell caught Peterson with one of his toughest swings of the night and left the former MVP stunned to continue as well.
It wasn’t the wildest end of the night, however, with former NBA guard Nick “Swaggy P” Young flying through the ropes at the end of his boxing debut after contact with TikTok influencer Minicon, who became rapper Blueface. Last minute replacement for
The match was called as Young lay on the mat in apparent pain.
Fortunately for Peterson and Young, there weren’t many people around to watch their downfall. Dexerto. according to a report ofThe Social Gloves event sold only 200 tickets at the 22,000-seat Bank of California Stadium in Los Angeles, and organizers eventually resorted to giving away 1,000 tickets.
Despite that effort to increase attendance, there appeared to be enough vacant seats to make Oakland Athletics Blush, Emptiness was visible almost all the time during the stream, but this darkness came to the fore through social media videos.
No matter how he got there, Bell can at least call himself a winner, though. Which is good, because the former All-Pro apparently wants to make a career out of it.
Bell said he was staying away from football to focus on boxing before the fight and repeated after his win on Saturday. When asked if he wanted to become a professional or stick with the celebrity boxing circuit, he replied “hell yes.”
“I want to see how far I can go. I want to test my limits,” Bell said after the match. “I’ll keep going, see what happens after this. I’m going to enjoy tonight, don’t get me wrong. I worked so hard for so long. I’m going to enjoy tonight and everything else I’ll work. Later.”