Frank Gore is set to fight former NBA All-Star in Paul-Fury boxing undercard

Instead of facing NFL defenses this December, Frank Gore will be squaring up against Deron Williams.

The former 49ers running back has been training as a boxer and is reportedly on the undercard for the Dec. 18 Jake Paul-Tommy Fury bout in Tampa, Florida.

Gore, 38, didn’t receive a ton of interest from NFL teams in the offseason and made clear in September that he was turning his energy toward boxing rather than pursuing a deal to join a team mid-season.

Williams, for his part, has been training in Dallas. The 37-year-old point guard is turning to the ring after a 12-year career with the Utah Jazz, Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was named an NBA All-Star in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He confirmed the bout, which will air on Showtime pay-per-view, on Twitter.

Gore, the third-leading rusher in NFL history, spent the first 10 seasons of his career with the 49ers before joining the Colts, Dolphins, Bills and Jets.

“I just fell in love with how hard it is,” Gore told of his affinity for boxing. “I felt like, ‘Man, I couldn’t fight.’ And I always like a challenge. So I kept doing it and doing it and I saw myself getting better and better.”

Gore is listed on the NFL’s website at 5-foot-9 and 212 pounds while Williams is listed by the NBA at 6-3, 200 pounds.

The fight will reportedly be contested at a 192-pound catchweight.

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