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49ers great Frank Gore TKO’s Romero in second boxing match

Dec 4, 2022 at 12:18 PM--

Former San Francisco 49er running back Frank Gore was seen roaming the Levi's Stadium sidelines, signing autographs for adoring fans, ahead of this afternoon's matchup against the Miami Dolphins.

Gore is the 49ers' all-time leading rusher. Now, he can add a TKO to his boxing resume after defeating Joshua Romero (0-3) in his second professional boxing match on Saturday night at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas.

In his short boxing career, the future NFL Hall of Famer said in a December 2 interview that he used boxing training during his time in the NFL.

"I used it so I can keep my legs fresh," Gore said. "I think this was the reason why I played for so long, by combining football and boxing together."

Despite losing his exhibition boxing match to former NBA point guard Deron Williams, Gore beat Olaseyinde Olorunsola in his first professional boxing debut with a fourth-round knockout on May 14.

"I will say I wish I was able to win (against Williams)," Gore said. "I think he was more prepared than I was, but I know if we fought again, I would get him."

Gore said he wasn't surprised when he beat Olorunsola because he was better prepared for that bout.

"When I first got in the ring, I didn't understand the fighting game," Gore said. "I didn't know it was more than just hit-and-miss. The second time I sparred and ran like a fighter, and it showed."

After the weigh-in, Gore signed autographs at Rod Dogs, where many 49er Faithful were excited to meet him.

During the meet-and-greet, Gore was seen dancing and enjoying the atmosphere at the San Antonio bar.

In a December 2 interview, Niner Empire San Antonio Chapter President Josselyn Martinez said, "It feels good, baby" to have Gore meet and greet fans.

"This is so amazing," Martinez said. "I cannot believe we have Frank Gore at our bar tomorrow. I can't believe it."

After meeting his fans, Gore went to the Alamodome to watch the Conference USA Championship game between the University of North Texas (UNT) and the University of San Antonio (UTSA).

Despite finishing his career third on the all-time rushing list, Gore doesn't regret not passing Walter Payton's (No. 2 all-time) rushing total because of his love of football.

"I am blessed, man. I am blessed, " Gore said. " What I have been through in my career to get to the NFL, that is hard to do. "Two ACLs, still being able to reach a childhood dream and play 16 years plus, that is great."

The 49er Faithful sat in a VIP section at the boxing match to support Gore's defeat of Romero at San Antonio's Freeman Coliseum.
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