NFL’s Gore, NBA’s Williams to face off in heavyweight match

Five-time Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore will fight three-time NBA All-Star Deron Williams in a heavyweight boxing match next month.

It will be both competitors’ professional boxing debuts and will feature as an undercard of YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul and Tommy Fury’s fight on Dec. 18 in Tampa.

“Combat sports have been a part of my life since my youngest days. Before I was a basketball player, I was a wrestler,” two-time Olympic gold medallist Williams said in a written statement, adding that he owns an MMA gym and is trained in martial arts.

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“Iโ€™ve been waiting for the right opportunity to translate my training into a professional debut.”

Gore, regarded as one of the greatest running backs in the history of the NFL, said he was ready to “show the world what Iโ€™ve been working on.”

“Boxing has me excited,” said Gore. “Expect fireworks!”

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