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Former Jazz guard Deron Williams reportedly set to fight in first pro boxing match

Deron Williams #8 of the Utah Jazz drives past Oklahoma City's #0 Russell Westbrook as the Utah Jazz play the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at Energy Solutions Arena.

Deron Williams #8 of the Utah Jazz drives past Oklahoma City's #0 Russell Westbrook as the Utah Jazz play the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at Energy Solutions Arena. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)



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SALT LAKE CITY β€” Since returning from the NBA, former Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams hasn't been shy about finding new avenues of competition.

Williams, a part-time Utah resident, showed off his golf game by competing in the Provo Open, but he's now trying something a little more physical this time around.

According to a report from The Athletic, Williams is set to step into the boxing ring and fight on the undercard of the Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury match on Dec. 18.

His potential opponent, according to the report? Former NFL running back Frank Gore.

Williams, who played for the Jazz for part of six seasons after being taken with the No. 3 draft pick in 2005, doesn't have any official bouts on his resume but he's turned his passion for combat sports into a post-NBA career. He's a part owner of Fortis MMA in Dallas, Texas, one of the top gyms in the country.

"This is something that I enjoy," Williams told The Athletic last year. "Is it going to make me rich? No. But what is rich, anyways? Something that makes you happy. It's something you enjoy doing. I enjoy being around these kids. I saw some of these guys' first fights."

Now, those same kids might see his first one β€” well, his first professional one at least.

Williams, 37, has been involved in combat sports since before he was ever known for his killer crossover. As a kid, he won the Texas state wrestling title at 67 pounds and at 112 pounds. He wanted to continue wrestling through high school, but it fell at the same time as basketball. He was forced to pick one.

Multiple All-Star appearances and a pretty nice bank account proved he picked the right one, but after retiring he's trying to return to those roots.

The 6-foot-3 former point guard would boast a six-inch height advantage over Gore, who is 38, in a potential bout.

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