Jake Paul has bounced back nicely from his first career loss by winning a unanimous decision against mixed-martial arts (MMA) star Nate Diaz in a boxing cruiserweight fight.
The 26-year-old YouTube personality who has turned himself into a prizefighter clearly held the advantage for much of the 10-round event on Saturday night. However, Diaz, an MMA fighter who left the UFC in 2022, was on the verge of a knockout at several moments.
Paul (7-1) showed he was better conditioned throughout in his first fight after a split-decision loss against Tommy Fury in Saudi Arabia in February. The three judges scored this one in Paul’s favour, 97-92, 98-91, and 98-91.
The 38-year-old Diaz, making his pro boxing debut, struck several blows near the end of the third round, briefly leaving Paul wobbly before the bell. Diaz continued his offensive in the fourth round, landing several jabs to the roars of the decidedly pro-Diaz crowd.
“He did a great job, he’s an athletic, strong dude,” said Diaz, who lamented not training harder for the event.