NFL’s Frank Gore, NBA’s Deron Williams Added To Jake Paul-Tommy Fury PPV Fight Card
Former athletes continue trying their hand at boxing.
Former NFL running back Frank Gore and retired NBA point guard Deron Williams have reportedly agreed to fight on the undercard of Jake Paul versus Tommy Fury on December 18 in Tampa, Florida, Showtime announced. The two will make their respective debuts in boxing.
They are set to fight in a four-round bout with an agreed limit of 215 pounds.
Williams, 37, is 6’3” and played around 200 pounds. The three-time all-star played 14 seasons in the NBA with four different teams. His last season was 2016-2017 with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Williams won a gold medal on the U.S. team at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.
“Combat sports have been a part of my life since my youngest days,” said Williams. “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.”
Gore, 38, is 5’9” and played about 215 pounds. He played 16 seasons with five different teams. He retired last season.
Gore is third for all-time rushing yards with 16,000 yards. In 2020, he was named to the NFL’s 2010s All-Decade Team.
“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. “Boxing has me excited, and on December 18 expect fireworks!”
Paul (4-0, 3 KOs) will meet Fury (7-0, 4 KOs) — the half-brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury — will match up in an eight-round cruiserweight bout.