A major update on the boxing debut of former Brooklyn Nets star Deron Williams has been revealed.

Initially, the boxing match between ex-NBA star Deron Williams and free agent NFL running back Frank Gore was declared as a professional fight. However, things took a huge turnaround and the said Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley 2 undercard fight on Saturday on Showtime will be just an “exhibition” match, according to ESPN’s Marc Raimondi.

“Frank Gore vs. Deron Williams will now be an exhibition Saturday on the Paul vs. Woodley 2 card, per a Showtime spokesperson,” Raimondi tweeted. “Similar rules to a regular bout, but with 12-ounce gloves. Still full commission sanctioning and a winner declared. No reason for the change given.”

Live and breathe the NBA?

🚨 Get viral NBA graphics, memes, rumors and trending news delivered right to your inbox with the Clutch Newsletter.

Williams and Gore have yet to comment about the change. However, one thing that is certain about the fight is the pair’s eagerness to prove their skills inside the ring.

“Combat sports have been a part of my life since my youngest days,” the former Nets point guard said in a statement via BJPenn.com. “Before I was a basketball player, I was a wrestler. Since 2015, I have had the privilege of owning an MMA gym, and through that I have trained in various martial arts to stay active. Over the last year, I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to translate my training into a professional debut.”

“I wanna look good, man,” Gore said via TMZ. “I wanna show everybody whatever you put your head to, you can do it. I’m going for the W. I’m gonna do whatever it takes to win. If the knockout come, it will come. I wanna show everybody that I got skills.”

Williams has not played in the NBA since 2017. He is mostly remembered for his time with the Brooklyn Nets. Gore, meanwhile, has been an NFL free agent since 2020.