Editor’s note: This article was originally published at MMAJunkie.com.
Frank Gore plans to officially retire from football soon, but his combat sports career might just be getting started.
It was announced Monday that Gore, who’s amassed the third most rushing yards in NFL history, is set to make his professional boxing debut for Jorge Masvidal’s Gamebred Promotions at a boxing/MMA event on May 14 in Jackson, Miss. His opponent hasn’t been determined.
Former NFL standout Frank Gore isn’t done with boxing. He’ll make his professional debut May 14 in Jackson, Miss. for Gamebred Promotions (his loss to Deron Williams was exhibition). Opponent TBA. pic.twitter.com/hKNSRsBBiE
— Nolan King (@mma_kings) April 4, 2022
Gore, 38, boxed for the first time last December on the undercard of the Jake Paul-Tyron Woodley rematch, losing by split decision to former NBA player Deron Williams in a four-round exhibition match. Afterward, Gore left the door open for a return to the ring.
News of Gore’s pro boxing debut comes on the heels of the five-time Pro Bowl running back announcing that he will sign a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers in the next “couple of months” to officially retire as a member of the team that drafted him in 2005.
Gore spent 10 seasons with the 49ers, three with the Indianapolis Colts, and one each with the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and New York Jets. In his 16-year NFL career, Gore rushed for exactly 16,000 yards, which ranks third behind only Hall of Famers Walter Payton (16,726) and Emmitt Smith (18,355).