On Saturday night, the buildup to Jake Paul (6-1, 4 KOs) vs. Nate Diaz (Pro Debut) will come to a head as these two fighters settle it in an official boxing match at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. Although the buzz was high for this one when first announced, it took a promotional hit behind the super fight between Terence Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. last weekend in Las Vegas, NV.
However, during fight week, the buzz returned for this one and spiked even more when there was a skirmish after the press conference on Thursday. How will this play out, and will the viewers be in for a surprise outcome?
Paul has been fighting as a pro for over three years, and many who have been around him in the gym have said that he takes the sport of boxing very seriously. He has full training camps with the right amount of sparring to be prepared for his fights. He has brought back boxing Hall of Famer ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley to his corner so that he can get back on track after his loss to Tommy Fury in February.
Paul has developed some solid Ring IQ, and when it comes to Saturday night, he will use that to his advantage and make smart moves in the ring against Nate Diaz, who will be making his pro debut as a boxer.
Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz will stream live on DAZN PPV, ESPN+ & PPV.com ($59.99)
Diaz is a legend in the Octagon, but the sport of boxing is just different. The preparation, the number of rounds, and the size of the gloves are all things that make being a professional boxer not as easy as it may look. Diaz is an athlete and is no stranger to getting hit, but with boxing, you can’t rely on a ground game to give you an edge. All you have is your two fists, and those not experienced in just boxing have a hard time with stamina and the technique used against them. Diaz will be competitive early, but if taken to the later rounds, that will make all the difference in this fight.
Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz Prediction
Diaz is going to come out strong right from the start. Paul knows this, so there aren’t any expectations that he will fall for anything that Diaz does early on. Once the fight hits the third round, Paul will begin to apply pressure as Diaz will be tired by then, and in the fifth round, Paul will land a crushing right hand that will send Diaz crashing down. Paul will come out victorious by fifth-round knockout.