Former NBA All-Star point guard Deron Williams set to fight future NFL Hall of Famer Frank Gore in a boxing match. They are set to undercard the Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury fight in Tampa Florida on December 18th, per ESPN.
Williams and Gore are both making their pro boxing debuts, they agreed on fighting at 215 pounds and four rounds.
ESPN Sources: Three-time NBA All-Star Deron Williams is fighting longtime NFL running back Frank Gore in a four-round heavyweight bout on Showtime’s PPV undercard of Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury on Dec. 18 at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 9, 2021
Deron Williams and Frank Gore boxing background
Deron Williams is longtime boxing and MMA sports enthusiast. Williams spent several years training and studying martial arts. He’s part-owner of the famous Fortis MMA gym in Dallas, Texas. This is where he is set to train for his debut under coach Sayif Saud, according to ESPN.
The 38-year-old Gore is a five-time Pro-Bowl selection and ranks third in NFL history with 16,000 rushing yards. The long-time San Franciso 49er is their all-time leading rusher who spent 16 seasons in the league. The latest team he played for was the New York Jets.
“I’m excited to be fighting on this card and can’t wait to show the world what I’ve been working on,” Gore said in a statement. “Boxing has me excited, and on Dec. 18 expect fireworks!”
The 37-year-old Williams was a three-time NBA All-Star selection with the Utah Jazz and Brooklyn Nets. He won gold at the Olympics with the national team in 2008 and 2012. Although he is not as decorated in his respective sport as Gore is, many of his peers still respect him as such.
“Combat sports have been a part of my life since my youngest days,” Williams said in a statement. “Before I was a basketball player, I was a wrestler. Since 2015, I have had the privilege of owning an MMA gym, and through that, I have trained in various martial arts to stay active. Over the last year, I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to translate my training into a professional debut.”