Jake Paul Vs. Tyron Woodley Undercard Results: Former NBA All-Star Deron Williams Drops, Decisions Former NFL Running Back Frank Gore
By: Hans Themistode
It was a bit of a wacky matchup. Both Frank Gore and Deron Williams made their names at the highest level of athletics. Williams, in the NBA as a multiple-time All-Star and Olympic Gold medalist. Gore, on the other hand, ran over defenders in the NFL as a Pro Bowl running back. In the process, Gore has accumulated the third most rushing yards of all-time. However, the moment both men stepped into the ring, Williams proved why he was considered the favorite heading into their contest.
Although neither man had traditional experience, both claimed to have been training in the boxing world for years. To kick things off, both sides played it safe. Gore attempted to use head movement while Williams flicked out a strong and consistent jab. On numerous occasions, Williams connected with shots to the body which seemed to zap some of the energy out of the former NFL running back.
As the round came to a close, Williams peppered his man with stinging right hands. The last of which saw Gore retreat.
To start the following round, Williams picked up exactly where he left off. He ruthlessly bullied Gore into the ropes. But, just as the former NBA star had the clear edge, Gore landed an overhand left which left Williams on wobbly legs.
With the momentum firmly in his corner, Williams wrestled it away. He landed a clean one-two combination which saw Gore fall into the ropes, Williams then pounded his man until he hit the deck. Though Gore made it back to his feet, he appeared visibly winded.
In the final period, Williams and Gore fought on most even terms as both were out of gas. Though the action came to a screeching halt, Williams did more than enough to earn his victory. The former NBA All-Star, however, would be forced to settle for a split decision win.
Former NBA All-Star Deron Williams, Set To Make Pro Debut On Jake Paul Vs. Tommy Fury Undercard, Frank Gore Tabbed As Possible Opponent
By: Hans Themistode
Time and time again, Jake Paul has brought about some of the more whackier events on his boxing undercards. Now, with the social media star turned professional boxer set to take on Tommy Fury on December 18th, at Amalie Arena, in Tampa Florida, an expected showdown between two fighters from opposite sports, is likely to take place.
As first reported by Shams Charania, an NBA Insider for The Athletic, former NBA All-Star Deron Williams will make his pro boxing debut. Although an opponent has yet to be finalized, former multiple-time Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore has emerged as a possible candidate.
For a number of years now, Gore has trained his body to deal with the rigors of an NFL season. However, as of late, Gore has shifted his focus more and more towards a potential boxing career. Although Gore has yet to officially hang up his cleats, he’s long expressed a desire to box on a professional level.
“I’ve been training for both — football and boxing,” said Gore to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com several months ago. “I’ve always loved boxing, so that’s what I’ve been doing. And we’re trying to make a fight happen. If we do that, you’ll see me in the ring.”
News of Williams trying his hand in combat sports comes as a bit of a surprise. Not because he’s known for swishing and dishing on a basketball court but because he’s mostly been linked to a possible future in the world Mixed Martial Arts.
Williams, a former state wrestling champion in his earlier days, has an ownership stake in Fortis MMA, a Dallas-based gym. Williams has also gone on record numerous occasions stating that he fully intends on competing in BJJ tournaments in the near future and consistently works on his craft.
Nevertheless, the former three-time NBA All-Star is now focused on making his professional boxing debut in a little under two months.