Deron Williams ends his boxing career as the winner – and returns the ring to the pros.
The former Nets goaltender beat former Jets running back Frank Gore in a split decision Saturday night on the undercard of the Jake Paul-Tyron Woodley clash. But after his boxing debut, he made it clear in his post-fight interview that he had no intention of trying to reach 2-0.
“I’m going to go sit my old dumba down somewhere and let these pros do their thing,” Williams said in the Showtime ring. “Honestly, I probably looked terrible there. … As soon as you get out of here and start to get hit, your whole workout goes out the window. It was fun, I’m glad I got the chance to come here and do it, but like I thought, I’m one and I’m done.
Meanwhile, Gore, 38, has left his boxing future more hanging in the air.
“We’ll see. I had fun tonight,” Gore said. “I’ll go back and talk to my team and see what I have to learn.”
Williams, who spent five seasons with the Nets and last played in the NBA in 2017, struggled growing up and is a part-time owner of a mixed martial arts club in Dallas. But the 37-year-old left what he says was his one and only professional boxing match happy.
“I just wanted to prove to myself that I could go out here and do that,” Williams said. “Everyone’s talking on Instagram and Twitter, they wouldn’t stand here in front of all these people and on pay-per-view for their first fight. Hats off to Franck. He had a dream, he had a goal, we both came here and did it. So in my mind we’re both winners tonight.
But Williams got the official victory, along with some props from Kevin Durant on Twitter.
“Way to implement DWill …” the Nets star tweeted Sunday morning.