The Dallas Mavericks signed Deron Williams back in 2015 after years of chasing the three-time All-Star to pair with Dirk Nowitzki. D-Will played his high school basketball at The Colony, and the 31-year-old helped Dallas to the playoffs before suffering an abdominal injury that ended his season. The Mavs released him in Feb. 2017 to give Williams one final chance to chase a ring.
D-Will retired from the NBA in 2017, and he tried his hand at something new on Dec. 18 when he made his boxing debut on the Jake Paul versus Tyron Woodley undercard. The 37-year-old matched up against former NFL All-Pro running back Frank Gore.
Williams is no stranger to combat sports as he is one of the co-owners of Fortis MMA gym in Dallas, and it showed on Saturday night as he won a split decision that featured plenty of action. Here is a closer look at the fight.
Former Mavericks guard Deron Williams tops Frank Gore in boxing debut
Williams came out and landed some massive shots on Gore early. Fans can enjoy one of his better punches from the fight below.
D-Will even knocked his opponent through the ropes at one point. It was not the most technical bout, but Williams secured a split decision win with two judges scoring from him and one for Gore.
The 37-year-old made it clear, following the bout, that this would be his only match. Williams fulfilled a dream and picked up a victory, but he does not want to do it again. Fans can watch his in-ring post-fight interview below.
It was awesome to see Deron Williams in the ring and picking up a victory. The former Dallas Mavericks guard posted multiple highlights too. D-Will is not eager to get return to the ring, but fans can keep it locked to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest on the Dallas Mavericks.