Paul, a 26-year-old from Ohio, entered the ring with a fire in his belly following his first loss against Tommy Fury earlier this year in February. He showed sheer determination in his bout with Diaz, relentlessly trying to cut him down in Diaz’s boxing debut. Paul’s intensity shone when he delivered a powerful left hook in the fifth round, dropping the UFC veteran Diaz onto the canvas.
However, Diaz’s resilience was impressive; he not only got back on his feet but also put up a vigorous fight against Paul throughout subsequent rounds, much to the delight of the Dallas audience. Despite his efforts, Diaz couldn’t secure a victory. The judges’ scores – 98-91, 98-91, and 97-92 – cemented Paul’s win, moving him to a 7-1 career record.
Reflecting on the fight, Paul commended Diaz’s resilience, stating, “He’s quite the fighter. Known for his toughness, he got back on his feet after the knockdown, endured round after round, and proved himself a true warrior.”
The fight started aggressively with Paul pouncing on Diaz with a flurry of punches targeting the body and the head, seeking to unsettle the UFC veteran. Diaz, however, held his ground, eventually retaliating with his own combinations. Despite these efforts, Paul’s powerful punches dominated, but Diaz’s stamina and volume striking proved effective.
The tempo of the fight fluctuated, with Paul’s energy declining but his power punches landing effectively. Diaz took the punishment in stride and continued to press on. Notably, in the fourth round, Paul jabbed at Diaz from a distance, but Diaz, a consummate professional, held his own.
The fifth round saw a decisive moment when Paul landed a brutal left hook, sending Diaz to the floor. Diaz managed to recover, and the subsequent rounds saw him persistently moving forward, giving Paul the opportunity to strengthen his punches. It was evident that Paul preferred to stay on his feet, forcing Diaz to approach him while he prepared his counter-attacks.
In a surprising twist, Diaz launched an intense offensive in the eighth round, landing some stunning uppercuts on Paul. Despite the crowd’s excitement, Diaz’s inability to seriously damage Paul cost him the match. Paul’s power punches, particularly his lethal left hand, left Diaz with a swollen and bruised right eye, but he maintained his fighting spirit till the end.
Upon the announcement of the decision, Diaz acknowledged Paul’s superior performance. He expressed his aspiration to perform better in the future, stating, “He’s tough and big. I wish I could have done better. He won this one, it’s good.”
“I want to run it back in MMA,” Paul stated. “I want $10 million, PFL, let’s run it back in MMA. MMA, let’s do it. There’s a lot of names [in boxing]. Tommy Fury rematch, he won by a split decision. I’m going to try to get that back. I’m just happy with this win. I never expected to be here.”
Diaz responded in his typical fearless style, accepting the challenge and promising a thrilling encounter. “I had a single leg in the first and a guillotine in the ninth so I already won that battle,” Diaz joked. “Real Fight Inc, I’ll fight anybody. I don’t give a f***.”
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz Boxing Match
Who won the boxing match between Jake Paul and Nate Diaz?
Jake Paul won the boxing match against Nate Diaz. The victory was achieved through a unanimous decision by the judges, despite Paul’s aggressive aim for a knockout.
Who were the judges’ scores in favor of?
The judges’ scores were in favor of Jake Paul. The scores were 98-91, 98-91, and 97-92, helping Paul secure the win and move his career record to 7-1.
Did Nate Diaz manage to land any significant blows on Jake Paul?
Yes, Nate Diaz did manage to land some significant blows on Jake Paul. Specifically, in the eighth round, Diaz launched a vigorous attack that included a couple of staggering uppercuts.
What was Jake Paul’s reaction after the match?
Jake Paul expressed his admiration for Diaz’s toughness and resilience. He also expressed a desire to face Diaz in a cage fight and make his MMA debut in the PFL in 2024.
What was Nate Diaz’s reaction after the match?
Nate Diaz acknowledged Jake Paul’s superior performance and expressed his wish to perform better in the future. He also accepted Paul’s challenge for a potential MMA fight.
Who might Jake Paul fight next?
Jake Paul expressed interest in having a rematch with Tommy Fury, who previously won against him in a split decision. Furthermore, he has shown an interest in facing Nate Diaz in an MMA fight.