Jake Paul returned to winning ways at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, as he took a unanimous decision win over ten rounds in his cruiserweight contest with UFC mainstay, Nate Diaz. Paul scored a fifth round knockdown en route to a clear victory on the scorecards.
Paul (7-1, KO4), who last time out was spirited in a split decision defeat over eight rounds to Tommy Fury, was too fresh and rugged in the end for Diaz (0-1), who was dipping his toe into the boxing arena for the first time after a long career in the UFC, where he had taken part in many a slugfest.
Diaz showed signs of facial damage in the opening round, as he looked more to clinch than to box, and he ate a fair few punches in round two, before enjoying a decent third, and then shaking Paul with a straight right hand in the fourth. That was as good as it got for Diaz, as the fifth saw a cuffing left hook to the temple from Paul floor Diaz.
I told y’all I was going to walk the dog. pic.twitter.com/zgVfRT6U4a
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) August 6, 2023
He recovered, but Paul began to assert, taking round six and getting the better of the seventh, but Diaz showed heart, coming on strong in round eight, and landing with solid uppercuts in the penultimate frame. In the last round, Diaz was running out of energy, but looking for the big finish. He briefly put Paul in a guillotine hold, but didnt land with some solid hooks as the action came to a close.
Paul was adjudged the winner by scores of 98-91 (twice) and 98-92.
After the fight, Paul then offered Diaz $10 million post-fight for a bout under MMA rules.
— Jmag (@jmagings) August 6, 2023
On the undercard, Amanda Serrano (45-2-1, KO30) did entirely as expected in her rematch against Heather Hardy (24-3, KO4) as the Puerto Rican defended her undisputed world super featherweight titles with a rout on the scorecards. Serrano was the victor by two scores of 100-90, and a third at 99-91.
AMANDA SERRANO AND HEATHER HARDY GOING AT IT EARLY ON 😤
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) August 6, 2023
Shadassia Green (13-0, KO11) is mandatory challenger for Savannah Marshalls super middleweight gold, and the knockout specialist was forced to go the ten round distance to see off Olivia Curry (7-2, KO2) over ten rounds.
Lightweight prospect Ashton Sylve (10-0, KO9) impressed, as he knocked out William Silva (30-5, KO18) in the fourth of their scheduled eight rounder. Alan Sanchez (23-5-1, KO10) upset Angel Beltran Villa (17-2, KO10) with a points win in their welterweight contest, and Kevin Newman II (15-3-1, KO9) took an eight round win on the cards at middleweight against Quilisto Madera (14-4, KO9).
— ESPN (@espn) August 6, 2023
The sole six rounder saw Chris Avila (4-1, KO0) take another points win, this time against Jeremy Stevens (0-1-1) at middleweight.
Jose Aguayo (1-1, KO0) banked a first win, taking a majority verdict over four at welterweight against Noel Cavazos (2-2, KO0), and Luciano Ramos (2-3, KO0) defeated debutant See Jay Hamilton (0-1) on points in their super lightweight meeting.