You know Jake Paul is starting to look like a “legitimate” boxer when we have a bigger circus fight happening on his card: former NBA star Deron Williams boxes former NFL star Frank Gore. The boxing betting odds have this as a toss-up but who dares even put money on this match?
- Date: Saturday, 9 p.m. ET
- Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay, FL, United States
- Watch on: Showtime Pay Per View
Williams-Gore: What Are We Expecting?
The last time a former NBA player step foot in the ring, it was memorable … for all the wrong reasons. Nate Robinson was flatlined by Jake Paul in what proved to be a lopsided match. But the playing field may be more even now as both Deron Williams (0-0-0) and Frank Gore (0-0-0) should prove here.
Williams and Gore will meet at a heavyweight bout of up to 215 lbs. But Williams will have a massive size advantage here being 6-foot-3 while Gore is 5-foot-9. Whatever the case may be, prepare for the unexpected.
Gore Looks Ready
If sparring footages awarded athletes points, Gore would be up 10-8 on Williams. The ex-running back recently played in the NFL and appears to be in tip-top shape. This is expected of a player who is making a case for the Hall of Fame, setting the NFL record for most games played by a running back.
Gore still has plenty of explosiveness for a 38-year-old and looks ready to scrap. But if Robinson’s enthusiasm on the mits was any indication, Gore best not get reckless in the squared circle as Robinson did.
Gore may try to overcome his reach disadvantage by overcommitting to his punches. This would allow Williams to pick him off and potentially leave him face down on the canvas.
Still, Gore appears to be the more energetic of the two. In this four-round fight, Gore’s short bursts could be enough to intimidate Williams and win over the judges. But betting online on him to do so? This is crazy talk.
Williams to Redeem the NBA?
Robinson left the NBA looking like a joke after he got the crap beat out of him by Paul. But after Paul’s recent string of successes, this loss looks a lot less bad than it originally did. Williams gets to change the narrative entirely if he goes out there and starches Gore.
Williams started his NBA career fast, making three consecutive All-Star appearances, two All-NBA teams, and winning two gold medals in the Summer Olympics. But it was all downhill from there as he faded into obscurity and last played for LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017.
But judging by his sparring videos, Williams appears like he’s been doing this boxing thing a little longer. He appears calmer and more efficient in his training. If Gore looks like a kid excitedly lining up for the roller coaster, Williams is the ride operator just going by his business.
If Williams can keep this poise in the fight, he could use Gore’s energy against him. The online gambling community seems more supportive of Williams. He will be the bigger dog in this fight and just needs to bite down and stand his ground.