Jake Paul continued his boxing career with a bounce back from the split decision loss to Tommy Fury, defeating Nate Diaz in Dallas on August 5 by unanimous decision. Paul took his record to 7-1 all time. While Diaz won a round, Jake Paul’s dominance in the earlier rounds made sure that he would win by unanimous decision. Nonetheless, it was an impressive showing from the 38-year-old who is not a boxer by trade.
The fight looked like it was already won in the first round when Paul hit Diaz hard and launched a barrage of hits that put the 38-year-old on the back foot. Diaz just barely managed to hang on and recover enough to block and dampen the blows from Paul. With his experience in fighting, Diaz picked up on Paul’s habits and tendencies for the second round and made something of a comeback though he didn’t quite manage to catch Paul with many hits until the fourth round, when he managed to unleash a flurry of hits onto the YouTuber.
In the fifth round, Diaz faked an injury but Paul was ruthless and continued the form he left behind in the first round by hitting Diaz repeatedly. The sixth and seventh rounds were relatively even, and it wasn’t until the eighth round that Diaz really got into his groove. Paul’s attacks seemed to stop affecting him, as fatigue and damage accrued onto the young influencer, and Diaz dominated the two rounds and roused the crowd at the American Airlines Center by landing repeated hits onto Paul.
Despite Diaz’s strong end to the fight, Paul’s early dominance saw him win by unanimous decision. The judges scored 97-92, 98-91 and 98-91 in favor of Jake.
Paul wins endurance test; thanks team and gives props to Diaz
By the end of the fight Jake Paul looked genuinely depleted. The fighter had never been in a fight that had gone over eight rounds in the past and thanked his team for helping him condition his body to be in top shape. He also applauded Nate Diaz for his tenacity.
He said, “I knocked him down basically every round, and then he won one round. But he's a warrior. I had him hurt in the first round, he kept on coming. Nobody's taking that much damage, but all credit to my team, my conditioning. Going 10 rounds in my eighth fight, it's unheard of. Only been boxing for three years. Beating a UFC legend."
Diaz can be proud of his performance. Despite being 38 and not having much experience as a boxer he was able to take somebody much younger and more experienced than him down to the wire and almost win.