Tonight was a good occasion for us combat sport fans, as we had a very intriguing boxing event go down following Bellator 287 and UFC Vegas 63.
That intriguing boxing event showcased Jake Paul face former multi-time UFC middleweight champion, perhaps the greatest mixed martial arts fighter to ever do it, Anderson Silva, in the main event of the evening.
Also going down at this event was the boxing debut of the last man to fight, and defeat Silva (in the UFC), Uriah Hall, who faced fellow debutante and former NFL running back and 2020 Super Bowl champion Le’Veon Bell in the second fight of the evening.
This bout was scheduled for four three-minute rounds, and it was contested in the cruiserweight (200 lbs) division. Hall is an incredible athlete, like Bell, and he’s an incredibly talented striker boasting a 2nd-degree black belt in Kyokushin Karate.
However, coming from a karate background, he’s always been more of a kicker. This was anticipated to be a very interesting test for both men.
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Continue reading to see how Uriah Hall vs Le’Veon Bell went down:
Official Result: Uriah Hall def. Le’Veon Bell via unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)
Bell actually looks more like a traditional boxer than Hall, though he got walked down the entire first round.
Bell lands some nice jabs to the body, but it’s evident he doesn’t favor being hit. Hall is doing well but it’d be nice to see more activity out of him.
Hall continues to walk Bell down in the second, though he isn’t throwing much and it seems as if he’s not trying to hit Bell hard. This is a strange fight. At the end of the second round Hall begins to land more consecutive hard shots, as he should be.
Bell hurts Hall with a jab to the body momentarily in the third, and also backs him up with a right hand toward the end of it. Hall is still landing shots of his own, but this is a very surprising, relatively lackluster affair.
Hall lands some hard shots in the fourth and final round, and Bell isn’t reacting to them the way he was earlier.
Bell looked good tonight, and Hall honestly looked a bit out of place not being able to throw his kicks.
Nonetheless, Uriah Hall improved to 1-0 as a professional boxer tonight.
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I became a fan of combat sports when I was 12 years old. I was scrolling through the channels and landed upon versus, where WEC was televised. Urijah Faber fought Jens Pulver for the second time that night. That’s the first fight I saw, and the fight that got me hooked on the sport. Since then, the sport has grown so rapidly, and my goal is to enlighten everyone on what’s going on in the sport today.