- Frank Gore has signed with Gamebred Promotions and is set for his pro bozing debut
- The former San Francisco 49ers running back revealed his plan about his football career
Time to go pro
Following his exhibition match against ex-NBA star Deron Williams last year, Gore has decided that it’s about time to go pro. The 49ers legend has signed with Jorge Masvidal’s Gamebred Promotions and will be slated for his pro boxing debut in May 14. Gore’s opponent is yet to be announced, USA Today’s Nolan King reported.
“Former NFL standout Frank Gore isn’t done with boxing,” King tweeted. “He’ll make his professional debut May 14 in Jackson, Miss. for Gamebred Promotions (his loss to Deron Williams was exhibition). Opponent TBA.”
Former NFL standout Frank Gore isn’t done with boxing. He’ll make his professional debut May 14 in Jackson, Miss. for Gamebred Promotions (his loss to Deron Williams was exhibition). Opponent TBA. pic.twitter.com/hKNSRsBBiE
— Nolan King (@mma_kings) April 4, 2022
Gore “fell in love” with boxing
It can be recalled that Gore lost to Williams in his maiden boxing bout. However, he admitted that he “had fun” doing it and he’ll talk to his team about possibly giving boxing another go.
Many were wondering why Gore suddenly felt the itch to make the big switch. Prior to the Williams fight, the 38-year-old lifted the lid on his newly-found passion for boxing and confessed that he “just fell in love” with the challenge of being a boxer.
“I’ve been training for both — football and boxing,” Gore told NFL.com. “I’ve always loved boxing, so that’s what I’ve been doing.”
“I just fell in love with how hard it is,” he added. “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.”
Closing the NFL book
Having played 10 years for the 49ers, Gore plans to officially say goodbye to his original sport and the Niners faithful before pursuing boxing.
“We’re still trying to figure out when I’m going to do my one-day contract [with the 49ers]. To sign, do my retirement,” Gore said during an Instagram Live interview via ESPN.
At 5-foot-7 and over 200 pounds, boxing fans would surely be interested how Gore would fair against a pro boxer.
UFC welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal co-founded bare-knuckle MMA promotion, “Gamebred Fighting Championship” with hip-hop artist Anuel AA in April 2021.
The promotion hosted its inaugural bare-knuckle event last June and was headlined by a featherweight bout between UFC veteran Jason Knight and PRIDE legend Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett. Knight made quick work of Bennett and ended the fight in less than one round via rear-naked choke submission.