Jake Paul opens as a healthy favorite vs. Nate Diaz

Jake Paul opens as a healthy favorite vs. Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz and Jake Paul are set to square off in a boxing match on Aug. 5 at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, TX. The eight-round bout will be contested at 185 pounds with 10-ounce gloves.

DAZN will broadcast the event that’s being promoted by Diaz’s Real Fight Inc. and Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions. There’s already a trailer for the scrap that you can check out here

Jake Paul opens as a healthy favorite vs. Nate Diaz

“Besides ‘Canelo’ [Paul’s] the biggest thang in boxing,” Diaz said in a press release. “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 fucked up Conor for acting out and now here I am again, like a Super Hero of the Real Fight game, the King of the Real Fight game.”

Paul (6-1) is coming off his first professional loss, but we should note that it was also his first fight against a legit boxer. Paul won his first six pro fights over AnEsonGib, Nate Robinson, Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley (twice) and Anderson Silva.

‘The Problem Child’ lost a split decision vs. Tommy Fury on Feb. 26.

I guess AnEsonGib is what the kids these days are dubbing as a “YouTuber?” Whatever the case, Paul beat him by TKO in 138 seconds. Then he took on Robinson, who played college football and basketball at Washington and then had a lengthy career in the NBA. Paul beat Robinson via second-round KO.

Askren is the former Bellator and One Championship welterweight champion. After coming out of retirement to go 1-2 in a brief UFC tenure that spanned only three fights, ‘Funky’ retired again and then opted to undergo hip surgery.

Then after some sparring on Twitter, Askren agreed to fight Paul less than six months removed from hip surgery. Let’s be clear on one thing about Askren and his mixed martial arts career. He was one of the best wrestlers to ever compete in MMA. Likewise, he was one of the worst strikers.

Paul couldn’t have possibly found an MMA fighter with lesser credentials in terms of boxing skills. As expected, Paul scored a first-round KO win in 119 seconds.

Paul’s opponent for his next two fights – Tyron Woodley – was actually an elite striker during his MMA career. Woodley won the UFC’s welterweight title in 2016 with a first-round KO win over Robbie Lawler at UFC 201.

He successfully defended his strap three times to improve his career record to 19-3-1. Woodley’s last MMA win came over Darren Till on Sept. 8 of 2018 at UFC 228. Next, he was badly beaten by Kamaru Usman via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-45, 50-44) at UFC 235.

Woodley’s next two defeats were complete beatdowns from Gilbert Burns (50-45, 50-44, 50-44) and Colby Covington (fifth-round TKO). Finally, his UFC tenure ended with a second-round submission loss to Vicente Luque on March 27 of 2021.

Paul bested Woodley by split decision on Aug. 29 of 2021 when Woodley was 39. In the rematch on Dec. 18, Paul won by sixth-round KO.

By the time Paul faced Anderson Silva on Oct. 29 of 2022, Silva was 47 years old. The 25-year-old Paul beat Silva via UD (77-74, 78-73, 78-73)

“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. “Now, the world thinks I am vulnerable, when all I am is more focused than ever. My team wanted me to take an easy fight like KSI next, but that’s not how I am built. Nate Diaz is considered one of the most badass fighters of all time, but he and his team have been running their mouths for too long.

“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 fucking Nate. I haven’t forgotten about the slap backstage in Arizona, and on Aug. 5. a Problem Child is going to piece up and knock out the Stockton G.”

In review, Paul owns boxing wins over a “YouTuber,” a retired NBA player, a retired MMA fighter who had zero striking skills and was coming off hip surgery, a 39-year-old MMA fighter on a four-fight losing streak (in MMA) and a 47-year-old MMA fighter. In his lone bout against a legit boxer (Fury), Paul lost.

Diaz owns a 21-13 career record in MMA, but this will be his first professional boxing match. Like Paul noted in his statement, though, Diaz has trained with world-class boxers like Ward many times over the past two decades.

Ward and others have often spoken highly of his boxing skills. Diaz has always been known as one of the best volume punchers in all of MMA.

What Diaz hasn’t done, however, is compete at 185 pounds. He spent most of his career at lightweight (155 pounds), although his last six scraps have been at 170 pounds.

FanDuel opened Paul as a -270 favorite with Diaz as the +200 underdog. BetOnline is currently showing Paul at -280 with Diaz at +220.