Update 12:57 a.m. ET Both fighters are now in the ring, and we’re about to be underway in L.A.!
The cross-over world of the NFL and boxing has a new pair of entrants. Former NFL running backs Adrian Peterson and Le’Veon Bell are facing off Saturday evening in an exhibition bout at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.
The bout will air on FITE.tv and is the third fight on a five-fight main card. The main card is expected to start at 9 p.m. ET, but it’s unclear how on time this whole deal will be.
Neither running back has fought before and neither has officially retired from the NFL. Both are following in the footsteps of Frank Gore who lost a split decision to former NBA player Deron Williams in a 2021 exhibition and then knocked out Olaseyinde Olorunsola in his 2022 pro debut.
There are no odds for this fight at DraftKings Sportsbook due to this being an exhibition. Regardless, we’ll be providing live updates of the five-round fight until a winner (or draw) is declared.
Adrian Peterson vs. Le’Veon Bell round-by-round results
Round 1: 10-9 Peterson
We’re gonna give it to Peterson for a “flurry” at the end, but just not nearly enough punches thrown by either fighter. Both guys appear to be in good shape, but probably less than six punches landed anywhere in the two-minute round. This isn’t exactly entertaining.
Round 2: 10-9 Peterson
A punch actually landed, and a jab to the body sent Bell to the canvas, but somehow he kept his gloves under him and didn’t actually fall to the canvas while heading backwards. But that was by far the most action, and it’s still mostly a shadowboxing contest.
Round 3: 10-9 Bell
Better from Bell, who did land a couple shots to the body. But Peterson also put a few jabs to the chin as well. But this is still super-boring.
Round 4: 10-9 Bell
More from Bell, who was attacking more in the round, but it still won’t take much to swing it the other way.
Round 5: 10-9 LeVeon Bell knocks out Adrian Peterson at :30 of the fifth round!
Out of nowhere!