Jake Paul makes his return to the ring this August when he'll face off against Nate Diaz in Dallas, Texas.
The latest: Paul (6-1) suffered his first career defeat earlier this year. He's still the heavy favourite in this fight, though. That makes sense considering his opponent — a 38-year-old Diaz — has never fought professionally as a boxer.
Check out our Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz odds for the August 5 bout.
Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz odds
Check out the latest odds for the Jake Paul fight. Click link to add selection to betslip.
|Fighter||Odds to win (May. 11)||Bet now|
|Jake Paul||-250||Add to betslip|
|Draw||+1,500||Add to betslip|
|Nate Diaz||+205||Add to betslip|
Boxing Odds as of 10:31 a.m ET on 05/11/2023.
Paul vs. Fury odds and analysis
The favourite: Jake Paul (-250)
The Jake Paul hype train was derailed in February when he lost via split decision to Tommy Fury in Saudi Arabia.
That was the first time Paul faced a properly trained professional boxer and while he didn't embarrass himself, it didn't go as planned either. So he's returning to his bread-and-butter — fighting washed-up UFC fighters.
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Paul first made a name for himself in the combat sports community by delivering a show-stopping knockout to former NBA Slam Dunk contest champion Nate Robinson. He followed that up by beating Ben Askren before moving to his most high-profile opponent: Tyron Woodley.
Woodley was a four-time UFC welterweight champion but was 39 years old at the time and no professional boxer. Paul defeated him in a split decision before knocking him out cold in a rematch.
.@jakepaul JUST PUT THE WOOD IN WOODLEY 😳— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) December 19, 2021
He scores the KO win in the 6th round to stay unbeaten 💥#PaulWoodley pic.twitter.com/kxr4rG0SNB
The Problem Child then beat UFC legend Anderson Silva in a spirited bout where the former's striking looked very solid.
As a boxer, Paul isn't bad. He stood in tough against Fury but threw nearly half as many punches in that fight (157 to 302). Paul did land those punches at a more successful rate, though, and he should find success against Diaz, who wasn't the best of defenders in the UFC.
The underdog: Nate Diaz (+205)
Diaz has never fought as a boxer but he made quite the name for himself in the UFC.
The Californian holds a professional MMA record of 21-13 with wins over Conor McGregor, Tony Ferguson and Donald Cerrone, among others. But Diaz's strength was never his boxing — only four of those 21 wins came via knockout while 12 were via submission.
He has a passable standup game and landed 4.57 significant strikes per minute in the UFC. That said, it will be put to the test against Paul, who is a trained boxer.
Diaz also fought most of his UFC career at lightweight (155 pounds) and will now be competing at cruiserweight (200 pounds). He has the frame to fill that out but it's still a major question mark.
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