Former NFL running back Frank Gore makes pro boxing debut with knockout

Frank Gore, 39, still packs a punch.

But instead of delivering punishing hits in the gridiron, the former NFL running back set up opponents in the ring.

In his professional boxing debut Saturday, Gore knocked out Yaya O’Lorenzola in the fourth round with a knockout overhand. The battle took place in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Gore last played in the NFL in 2020 and is pursuing a boxing career. His first unofficial game came after a four-round loss to former NBA guard Deron Williams in September.

Gore’s second act is hard to beat his first. Gore is one of the best running backs of his generation, displaying a strong running style and a longevity rarely seen at his position.

Gore rushes for a combined 16,000 yards in 16 professional seasons with the 49ers, Colts, Dolphins, Bills and Jets — third on the NFL’s all-time list. The only NFL linebackers with more rushing yards than Gore are Emmett Smith (18,355) and Walter Payton (16,726).

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