Former NBA star Deron Williams is thrilled by his boxing debut win over NFL running back Frank Gore.

On Saturday, former Brooklyn Nets star point guard Deron Williams beat free agent NFL running back Frank Gore via split decision during their undercard match at Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley II at,

According to CompuBox, Williams outlanded Gore in total punches (48-39) and power punches (35-28) to earn a split decision win over his opponent.

Speaking after his sensation boxing debut victory, Williams addressed a few things, particularly the “soft” reputation basketball players have apparently earned in recent times. According to the three-time NBA All-Star, he is certain he’s not of those and he has proven it by beating Gore.

“I always was a physical point guard,” Williams said after the fight via ESPN. “I never shied away from contact, and I showed that today. People think basketball players are soft, but I never was one. That’s what I was looking to accomplish here today.”

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Williams last played in the NBA in 2017. He has made his mark in teams such as the Utah Jazz and the Brooklyn Nets. After an impressive performance inside the ring, the 32-year-old was kind of optimistic about gaining “some new fans.”

“Maybe I gained some new fans, but I’m just glad I made my team happy and my family proud,” he admitted. “My mom was nervous. She didn’t want to watch and see her son beaten up, so I hope she was proud of that.”

Hadn’t the Florida State Boxing Commission changed the Williams vs. Gore fight from pro to exhibition on Friday, Williams now has a 1-0 record in pro boxing.