Jake Paul announces August 5 boxing match with MMA star Nate Diaz in his first bout since suffering his lone career defeat to Tommy Fury: Former UFC fighter, 37, aims to return to circuit after ‘conquering’ YouTube star
- Fresh off his first defeat to Tommy Fury, Jake Paul is headed back to the ring
- Paul will square off with MMA star Nate Diaz in Dallas on August 5 on PPV
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Fresh off his first boxing defeat to Tommy Fury, Jake Paul is headed back to the ring, this time, to face MMA star Nate Diaz.
Paul, 26, and Diaz, 37, will square off on August 5 on DAZN pay-per-view at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
‘My last fight didn’t end the way I wanted, but the result was the best thing that could have happened to my professional boxing aspirations,’ Paul said in a press release through his promotion company, MVP. ‘Now, the world thinks I am vulnerable, when all I am is more focused than ever. Nate Diaz is considered one of the most bad-ass fighters of all time, but he and his team have been running their mouths for too long.’
Diaz and Paul have been trading insults through the media for 18 months, perhaps with an eye towards eventually stepping in the right together.
‘Besides Canelo he’s the biggest thang in boxing,’ said Diaz, who is currently an MMA free agent after years of success in the UFC. ‘I’m here to conquer that. I’m the King of combat sports and then I’m headed back to get my UFC belts.’
Jake Paul (left) will square off with MMA star Nate Diaz (right) on August 5 in Dallas
Diaz stopped Tony Ferguson with a guillotine choke in the fourth round of the hastily arranged main event of UFC 279 last September
Diaz (21-13 in MMA) finished his UFC contract by finishing fellow veteran Ferguson (25-9) in a matchup made only days earlier after Khamzat Chimaev badly missed weight for his main-event bout with Diaz.
Paul took the first defeat of his professional boxing career in Saudi Arabia in February, losing a split decision to heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s younger half-brother, Tommy.
Paul (6-1) knocked down Fury with a short left hand early in the final round of their cruiserweight bout, but Tommy Fury controlled long stretches of the eight-round meeting at Diriyah Arena.
Two judges scored the bout 76-73 for Fury (9-0, 4 KOs), while the third favored Paul, 75-74.
‘I’ve already won every single way in life,’ Paul said at the time. ‘I made it farther than I ever thought I would, and beyond. This is a humbling experience. I’ll take it on the chin and come back.’
Fury is the first actual professional boxer fought by Paul, who built his lucrative second career by taking on mixed martial artists and a fellow YouTuber in boxing bouts that generated huge social media attention despite featuring more enthusiasm than skill.
Paul appeared to stun Fury with an accurate left hook early in the fifth round, but he also lost a point when the referee penalized him, apparently for pushing down on Fury’s head in a clinch. The referee then took a point from Fury in the sixth, apparently for excessive clinching.