Former pro bowl running back Le’veon Bell will take on former UFC fighter Uriah Hall in his professional debut as a boxer on the Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva PPV undercard on Saturday, October 29 from Desert Diamond Arena (formerly Gila River Arena) in Glendale, Ariz., just outside of Phoenix, live on SHOWTIME PPV® in a Most Valuable Promotions event.
Bell, who recently knocked out Adrian Peterson, a former NFL player as well, was quick to jump on this opportunity.
“As soon as Most Valuable Promotions approached me about joining the Paul-Silva pay-per-view, I told them, ‘I want in,’ and didn’t care who the opponent was,” Bell said. “Uriah Hall is going to feel my punching power and tap out like he’s getting submitted. He is not built like me.”
Paul, who is promoting the show, along with main event the card was quick to comment on the culturally relevant fight.
“Adding NFL superstar Le’Veon Bell to the card only increases this fight’s star power and to have him go head-to-head with a fighter as experienced and dangerous as Uriah Hall – it's going to be fireworks,” said Jake Paul. “Taking on this challenge is proof that Bell, like myself, is serious about professional boxing and after his knockout of Adrian Peterson, he looks like a force to be reckoned with. Hall on the other hand has already proven himself multiple times in the UFC, and we know what he is capable of. I’m keeping a close eye on this one and may even take on the winner in the future.”
That being said, the life-long martial artist Uriah Hall kept it short, and sweet with his statement.
“Le’Veon Bell, I hope you bring your best,” said Hall. “I know I will. Thank you to Most Valuable Promotions for the opportunity.”