Former NBA All-Star point guard Deron Williams is slated to fight former NFL running back Frank Gore on the Jake Paul-Tyron Woodley II undercard on December 18 in Tampa Bay. For both fighters, this will be their pro boxing debut.
Gore has been training in boxing for a long time and has turned away conversations from NFL teams to focus on his training. Williams has trained in MMA and is a part-owner of the Fortis MMA gym in Dallas, Texas.
Here are the latest Williams vs. Gore odds, as of December 16.
Odds for Williams vs Gore
|Deron Williams||-145||Frank Gore||+115|
Odds as of December 16, 2021.
Deron Williams vs Frank Gore odds analysis
Deron Williams is a former All-NBA point guard who partnered to form an MMA gym in the twilight of his career in 2016. The 37-year-old is an avid MMA fan and was a two-time state champion in wrestling as a youngster, giving up the sport in high school to focus on hoops.
While Williams might not have as much experience in the ring, he does boast a nine-inch reach advantage on Gore which might be a big reason that he opened as a -225 favorite. With the fight less than a week away, those odds have narrowed to Williams at -145 and the underdog Gore at +115. This is perhaps due to Gore's sparring session that recently made the rounds on social media.
The 38-year-old Gore is one of the most durable backs in NFL history, ranking third all-time in career carries (3,735) and rushing yards (16,000). The powerfully built running back led the Jets with 653 rushing yards last year but turned down offers from NFL teams this season so he could focus on boxing.
Gore has used boxing as part of his training for years but that side interest reached a new high in the last few months as he's been actively looking for a fight. With two former elite athletes in their 30s with a long-time passion for combat sports, this bout should be far more competitive than many of the other celebrity matchups we've seen recently.
Deron Williams vs Frank Gore tale of the tape
|Deron Williams||Frank Gore|
|78 inches||Reach||69 inches|
When will Deron Williams fight Frank Gore?
Deron Williams and Frank Gore will fight on Saturday, December 18 in a four-round bout.
Where will Deron Williams fight Frank Gore?
Williams and Gore will fight at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, Florida.
How to read boxing odds
The most common way of betting on a boxing match is by picking the overall winner of the bout. With Deron Williams being the favorite for this fight, his odds have the minus sign (-) in front of them at -175. This means that bettors would need to wager $175 in order to win $100. A Gore win would pay out more as he's the underdog at +145. This means that a $100 wager would profit $145.
As we get closer to the fight date other prop bets will be become available, such as method of victory and round betting.
The odds listed above are in American format, but can easily be converted to decimal or fractional format via our odds converter tool.