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Le’Veon Bell has big plans for his pro boxing career


LOS ANGELES – Le’Veon Bell sat in the ring at the Mayweather Boxing and Fitness in Hollywood, wiping sweat from his forehead and narrowing his eyes.

Just a few weeks earlier, Bell had landed punches that dropped—and eventually knocked out—former former NFL defenseman Adrian Peterson in an exhibition boxing match.

The moment, according to Bell, was unlike any experience he had ever experienced on the football field. The former All-Pro called it “one of the best sensations in the world”.

“There’s nothing you can do about it,” Bell told Sportzshala. “I’ve never felt anything like this before.”

Bella was badly bitten by a boxing bug. He used it as a cardio workout during the NFL offseason and fell in love with it. In 2020, Bell began to seriously consider exercising after football. As his NFL career came to an end, the former Pittsburgh Steelers star decided he didn’t want to play football anymore — he wanted to box.

On Saturday, just seven weeks after he defeated Peterson via TKO, Bell will make his professional boxing debut on the undercard of Jake Paul against Anderson Silva in Glendale, Arizona. The opponent will be a significant step up in the competition: MMA fighter Urijah Hall, who has the most knockouts in UFC middle division history.

Hall is a favorite in bookmakers. It’s normal for Bell, who is just looking for the best chance to shine in a new sport.

“I have to focus completely on boxing if I’m going to do this because it’s not something you can play with if you want to be the best at it,” Bell said. “Honestly, I’m not going to do something if I’m not trying to be the best at it. I don’t do it as a hobby. I’m not just trying to get money or whatever.” type of fame. For me, it’s more for myself. Let’s see how far I can go.”

Bell, 30, played eight seasons in the NFL and earned more than $45 million in that time, according to Spotrac.com. He was an elite player in running back, one of the most physically demanding positions in the sport, for long stretches, was named to the All-Pro First Team twice and was selected to three Pro Bowls.

Now his goal is to become a boxing champion, and he knows that in order to do this he needs to fight elite boxers. However, with the score 0-0 at the professional level, this is currently not possible. Bell realizes he needs to work on himself and considers himself “blessed” to be on a big card like Paul vs. Silva because of his name. He knows that the vast majority of athletes with his level of experience would not be able to achieve this.

“I don’t want to be disrespectful to these boxers,” said Bell, who has trained at several Los Angeles gyms, including the Fortune Gym. “When I get the chance, I’ll show people because that’s where I belong.”

The fight with Hall is scheduled for four rounds in the weight category up to 195 pounds. Two men will wear 10 ounce gloves. Hall is also making his professional boxing debut, although he is a 17-year-old MMA pro with a high level of karate training.

Bell said he respected Hall and clearly wanted a tough fight in his pro debut. Bell is anticipating possible future fights with Jake Paul, his brother Logan or YouTuber/rapper KSI and then eventually taking on top heavyweight boxers.

Bell said his family is supportive of his new sporting endeavor. Some friends, however, are on the fence. This weekend is a chance to showcase exactly what he’s been up to in the ring for the past few months (and years).

“Everyone thinks I’m just talking about it,” Bell said. “They don’t know all the hard work and sacrifice I’ve made to get to this point here. That’s why October 29th is a great opportunity to show people what I do.”

Bell looks forward to experiencing more of the same emotions he experienced when he defeated Peterson.

“I’m not doing this just to cut a check and get some Instagram followers,” he said. “I’m trying to do this to show people that I’m one of the best athletes to walk this earth.”

Where will Jake Paul go after this weekend?

It’s a big fight for Paul, which he told Sportzshala last month is the biggest he’s ever been in. That’s for sure. Silva was a better known and better fighter in the UFC than Paul’s past rivals Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren. The match is intriguing. The bookmakers don’t really care. Boxers believe that Paul should be rude to the 47-year-old boxer, who has only three fights in the professional ring. The people of MMA remember Silva and how brilliant he can look. They believe that Silva will destroy Paul and/or finish him off.

If Paul wins this weekend, what does that really mean? It depends on how he does it. The knockout over Silva will remain in people’s minds and Paul has more big fights ahead of him. A Tommy Fury fight in the UK is a possibility. Even if Paul loses, it will probably still be the case, but he will have to gain some more strength. That fight with KSI – 1-0 as a professional boxer, split decision in 2019 over Logan Paul – is always there.

A loss to Silva is something that many expect, so it probably won’t hurt Paul’s reputation that much. Silva does have a win over former world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr who may be past his prime and on the move but still has a much better resume than Paul. Perhaps Silva’s win here could also lead to a rematch with Paul. The answer to the question of what is the market for Paul’s future fights can be found in Arizona.

Where will Anderson Silva go after this weekend?

Wherever you want, really. At 47 and with a lifetime of martial arts experience, Silva could have gone on to do more boxing matches and exhibitions, or hang up his gloves. He still seems to enjoy fighting, as evidenced by his press conferences with Paul and playful banter with host (and former hated rival) Chael Sonnen. If Silva wins, he will remain a fairly sought-after name in this network of boxing tournaments that features MMA legends, YouTubers, athletes from other sports, and pseudo-celebrities. Even with the loss, that would probably be the case too. A win, though, could earn Silva a really big, final paycheck, even if it’s a rematch against Paul.

What other Paul vs. Silva storylines are worth watching?

Chris Avila of Team Nate Diaz of Stockton, California meets YouTuber Michael “Dr. Mike” Warshawski in a professional boxing match. Warshawski is wildly popular, and People magazine named him the sexiest doctor alive in 2015. He seems to be a real athlete and in May scored a spectacular victory over fellow YouTuber Ian “iDubbbz” Carter. It will be interesting to see how he interacts during the fight week with Ávila and Diaz’s team, who are never shy about defying any hint of disrespect.

Meanwhile, Diaz is on track to become a free agent after defending his UFC contract last month by defeating Tony Ferguson at UFC 279. Diaz still has an exclusive negotiation period with the UFC and cannot who to talk to right now. but it’s been rumored for a long time that Jake Paul and Diaz could fight in the future and it will certainly be a box office and pay-per-view fight. Avila was on the undercard of Paul against Woodley last December, defeating Paul’s sparring partner, Anthony Taylor. Of course, it is no coincidence that Paul’s team continues to do business with Team Diaz. Avila, a UFC and Bellator veteran, also potentially represents the debut of Diaz’s new promotion, Real Fight Inc. What will it really look like? This is something to watch out for.

Boxing fans should take a look at 18-year-old super prospect Paul Ashton Silva. He will take part in the co-main event against Braulio Rodriguez, which will be a huge step forward for Silva, which Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions believe will be the next big thing in boxing. Silva is just 7-0 and Rodriguez is 20-4 and two fights ago he fought lightweight Ryan Garcia but lost by knockout.

Source: www.espn.com