Former three-time NBA All-Star and Olympic gold medalist Deron Williams will face five-time NFL Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore in a boxing bout.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the news of the matchup via a tweet, stating that the two former professional athletes would be fighting on the undercard of the upcoming Jake Paul-Tommy Fury Showtime event on December 18 in Tampa Bay, Florida. ESPN's Marc Raimondi provided additional information on the Williams-Gore matchup, reporting that the two will be competing at a weight limit of 215 pounds. The pair provided ESPN with the following statements on their upcoming bout.
"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 Dec. 18 expect fireworks!"
"Combat sports have been a part of my life since my youngest days," Williams said. "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."