In a fight that he may have gotten more than he bargained for, Jake Paul outlasted former UFC star Nate Diaz in a 10 round boxing match capping off the DAZN / MVP promotion show in Dallas, Texas Saturday night.
Paul won for the seventh time in eight boxing matches, but also, clearly looked fatigued in the back half of the fight against an older opponent, who was able to last the distance with him while in his boxing debut.
Paul won on scores of 97-92 and 98-91 x 2 on the official judging.
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The fight began with Paul landing some early shots on Diaz and drawing oohs and aahs from the capacity crowd at the American Airlines Center. However, Diaz settled in and was taking Paul’s punches for much of the first three rounds. Then, Diaz had his best round of the fight in the fourth, while landing several combinations out of the southpaw stance.
Next, came the most dramatic moment of the fight in the fifth That’s when Paul connected with a left hand to the right top of Diaz’s head sending him on his knees to the canvas. Diaz was clearly dazed and Paul landed several more shots in a combination along the ropes with still over a minute ago in the round.
But, the 26 year old Paul, who had lost his previous bout by decision to England’s Tommy Fury, could not take advantage of the opportunity and Diaz survived to the bell.
From then on Paul was in control, but clearly fatigued, especially as each round wore on into the final minute. The 39 year old Diaz seemed content to simply survive and try to last the distance with Paul scoring the more meaningful punches throughout the back half of the fight. Still, in the end Paul gets his hand raised in victory, while securing another lucrative pay-per-view main event for him and his promotion.
“He’s tough. He’s really tough. That’ what he’s known for,” Paul told DAZN in the ring. “I knocked him down, won basically every round. I think he won one round. I had him hurt, but he’s a warrior, you know. He kept coming, but no one’s taken that much damage.”
Paul also said that he would like to potentially fight Diaz in an MMA battle next, as part of his newly created “Professional Fighters League.” Diaz went along with that saying post fight that he would be open to a deal to meeting Paul in a mixed martial arts fight.
In the co-future fight women’s undisputed featherweight champion Amanda Serrano dominated Heather Hardy for a 10 round unanimous decision to keep her titles. The bout was a rematch from a fight 4 years ago that Serrano also easily controlled. The Puerto Rican born fighter out of New York still has her sights set on a rematch now with undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor. Those two fought a spirited battle that Taylor won on a narrow decision in May of 2022.
Taylor will first rematch Chantelle Cameron of England, in November, who beat her earlier this summer.