Jake Paul found his next opponent as he looks to bounce back from a loss to Tommy Fury earlier this year, the first loss of Paul’s early boxing career.
Paul will take on recently retired UFC star Nate Diaz in an eight-round, 185-pound bout on August 5 in Dallas. Paul has had Diaz on his radar ever since he defeated Anderson Silva.
«My last fight didn’t end the way I wanted it to, but the result was the best thing that could have happened to my professional boxing aspirations,» Paul said in a statement. «Now the world thinks I’m vulnerable, when all I am is more focused than ever. My team wanted me to take an easy fight… but that’s not how I’m built. Nate Diaz is considered one of the (toughest) ) boxers of all time, but he and his team have been talking too long.»
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Paul lost to Fury via split decision after years of arguing back and forth. Paul is 6-1 with four knockouts on his resume.
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Diaz is considered one of the toughest fighters in the UFC. He ended his MMA career in September 2022 with a submission victory against Tony Ferguson at UFC 279. He went 21-13 in MMA bouts.
Diaz comes from a Brazilian jiu-jitsu background.
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«Besides Canelo (Alvarez), he’s the greatest in boxing,» Diaz said of Paul. «I’m here to conquer that. I’m the king of combat sports, and then I’ll be back to get my UFC belts.»
Associated Press contributed to this report.