Jake Paul defeats Nate Diaz by unanimous decision in a controversial boxing match

 

Jake Paul is a social media star and professional boxer who has a record of 6-1. He has faced several MMA fighters in his boxing career, such as Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley, and Anderson Silva. He also fought pro boxer Tommy Fury in February 2023, but lost by split decision.


Nate Diaz is a former UFC fighter and MMA legend who has a record of 22-13. He is known for his toughness, endurance, and submission skills. He has fought some of the biggest names in MMA, such as Conor McGregor, Jorge Masvidal, and Leon Edwards. He finished his UFC contract in September 2022 with a win over Tony Ferguson.


The two fighters have been trash-talking each other for years, and finally agreed to face each other in a boxing match at 185 pounds. The fight was promoted by Jake Paul's own company, Most Valuable Promotions, and was broadcasted on DAZN and ESPN+.


The Fight

The fight took place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, in front of a sold-out crowd of 18,000 fans. Most of the fans were cheering for Diaz, who had a large following from his MMA career. Paul entered the ring wearing a cowboy hat and a fur coat, while Diaz walked out to his signature song, \"Hypnotize\" by The Notorious B.I.G..


The fight was scheduled for 10 rounds, but it went the distance without any knockdowns or knockouts. Both fighters showed respect for each other's skills and power, and did not engage in reckless exchanges. Paul used his jab and movement to keep Diaz at bay, while Diaz tried to close the distance and land his left hand and body shots.


Paul was more accurate and active than Diaz, landing 173 of 523 punches (33%), compared to Diaz's 128 of 421 (30%). Paul also had the edge in power punches, landing 97 of 256 (38%), while Diaz landed 76 of 214 (36%). Diaz had more success in the later rounds, when Paul started to slow down and tire. Diaz also landed some good shots that made Paul bleed from his nose and mouth.


However, Paul was able to survive Diaz's pressure and rally back with some combinations of his own. He also showed good defense and footwork, avoiding most of Diaz's attempts to trap him on the ropes or in the corners. Paul also taunted Diaz several times during the fight, sticking his tongue out and shaking his head.


The Decision

After 10 rounds of action, the judges scored the fight unanimously for Jake Paul. The scores were 97-93, 98-92, and 99-91. Paul improved his record to 7-1, while Diaz dropped to 0-1 in boxing.


The decision was met with mixed reactions from the fans and the media. Some praised Paul for his performance and improvement as a boxer, while others criticized him for fighting an older and smaller opponent who was not a natural boxer. Some also questioned the wide margin of the scores, especially the 99-91 scorecard that gave Paul nine rounds out of ten.


Paul celebrated his victory by hugging Diaz and thanking him for the fight. He also praised Diaz's toughness and skill, and said that he learned a lot from him. He then called out Tommy Fury for a rematch, saying that he wanted to avenge his only loss.


Diaz congratulated Paul for his win, but also expressed his dissatisfaction with the decision. He said that he thought he won the fight, or at least made it closer than the judges saw it. He also said that he felt fine after the fight, and that he was not hurt by any of Paul's punches. He then hinted at a possible return to MMA or another boxing match in the future.

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