In what is undoubtedly one of the most highly anticipated boxing matches of the year, former UFC star Nate Diaz is set to make his professional boxing debut against none other than YouTube sensation turned-professional boxer, Jake Paul.
Scheduled to take place on August 5 in Dallas, this fight promises to be one for the ages, as both fighters bring their unique skill sets to the ring. The event consists of an 8-round, 185-pound fight that will certainly take shape in American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas.
Known for his brash personality and viral social media presence, Jake Paul has garnered a massive following and is sure to bring his A-game to the ring. For Jake Paul, this fight marks another opportunity to showcase his boxing abilities after getting dropped against Tommy Fury via split decision in February. The YouTuber (6-1) already has notable winnings including former UFC fighters Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley, and Anderson Silva.
Nate Diaz becomes 4th athlete from UFC to square up in the boxing ring. Since the loss against Tommy Fury, Jake Paul has been consistently eyeing a fight against Nate Diaz. He quotes:
“People tell me Nate has been training with Andre Ward for years, that he has insane stamina, that he refuses to back down. Good for F*cking Nate. I haven’t forgotten about the slap backstage in Arizona, and on August 5th, a ‘Problem Child’ is going to piece up and knock out the ‘Stockton G.’”
Following fighting out the final year of his UFC agreement last year, Diaz has become a free agent, and as a result, there has been much conjecture about who and where he is going to compete. However, it has been widely speculated that Diaz wanted to enter the boxing ring. He will now ultimately get the opportunity.
Throughout the last few years, Diaz and Paul have fought a nasty verbal battle, but now they'll square up in the ring to figure out their differences. And while he may be making his professional boxing debut, Diaz is no stranger to the sweet science, having trained extensively in boxing throughout his career. He is sure to bring his all to the ring as he looks to make a statement in his new venture.
“Besides Canelo, he’s the biggest thang in boxing,” Diaz said in a statement. “I’m here to conquer that. I’m the king of combat sports, and then I’m headed back to get my UFC belts. I f*cked up Conor for acting out and now here I am again, like a superhero of the Real Fight game, the king of the Real Fight game.”
Whether you're a die-hard Jake Paul fan or a Nate Diaz loyalist, there's no denying that this fight is set to be a must-see event. So mark your calendars for August 5 and get ready for what promises to be a night of unforgettable boxing action.