Jake Paul will attempt to respond to his first defeat at the hands of Tommy Fury when he takes on former UFC star Nate Diaz in Texas in the early hours of Sunday 6th August on a card that also includes undisputed queen Amanda Serrano.
undefeated record as a professional boxer was snatched away when he suffered a split decision loss against Tommy Fury in February.
He had won his previous six fights, taking on three former UFC fighters, a former NBA player and a YouTuber.
His defeat to Fury, the younger brother of WBC champion Tyson, will have served as a wake-up call for Paul, priced at 5/18, that he still has a lot to learn in the sport.
Diaz, priced at 53/20 to win, is next on the agenda after leaving the UFC upon the expiration of his contract following a submission win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 279 in September 2022.
He built up a loyal following during his time in MMA, competing at lightweight and welterweight, and August's trip to the ring will be his first venture into boxing.
Here's everything you need to know about the bout as well as the fight card's chief-support showdown between Amanda Serrano and Heather Hardy...
Jake Paul v Nate Diaz: Fight Preview
Jake Paul v Nate Diaz: All You Need To Know
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Jake Paul v Nate Diaz: Undercard
Amanda Serrano v Heather Hardy 2: Fight Preview
Amanda Serrano v Heather Hardy 2: Fighter Profiles
Amanda Serrano v Heather Hardy 2: Tale of the Tape
|Jake Paul v Nate Diaz
Amanda Serrano v Heather Hardy 2
|American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
|04:00, Sunday 6th August 2023
|How to watch
|Jake Paul 2/9, Nate Diaz 13/4
Jake Paul will look to bounce back after suffering his first defeat as a professional boxer in February.
At the Diriyah Arena in Saudi Arabia the American fell to a split decision loss against his arch-rival Tommy Fury and with a rematch failing to materialise for now, Paul will instead look to settle another ‘beef’ against UFC legend Nate Diaz.
The American prize-fighter will be the third Octagon star to make his debut against Paul but will hope to fare far better than predecessors Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley.
The Stockton brawler was often used by modern day legend Andre Ward in his camp, and even though he will be fighting a novice, Diaz still has it all to do and over ten three-minute rounds.
The fight will take place in the early hours of Sunday 6th August 2023.
The official undercard should start 01:00 with the main event ring walks likely to get under way at around 04:00.
This, of course, could change depending on the length of the undercard fights.
Paul and Diaz will meet at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
The arena is the home of NBA franchise the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars of the NHL.
The contest will be broadcast exclusively streamed via Dazn's pay-per-view service.
Paul is the 5/18 favourite as he steps into a boxing ring for the seventh time and looks to bounce back after his first defeat.
Diaz can be backed at 53/20 as he attempts to pick up a victory on his boxing debut.
No, there will be no belts on the line when Paul and Diaz square off in Texas.
Paul goes into this bout with Diaz with a 6-1 record with four of those victories coming inside the distance.
He made his professional boxing debut against YouTubers AnEsonGib in January 2020, earning a first round victory by TKO.
The 26-year-old met former NBA player Nate Robinson in November 2020 and sealed a second round knockout win.
Former Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren, known for his wrestling, was next up as Paul added another first round win to his record.
The Problem Child sealed successive victories over former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, winning the first contest by split decision and the second by knockout.
Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was the sixth opponent to line up against Paul but the 48-year-old Brazilian came away on the wrong side of a unanimous decision.
After enjoy a six-fight win streak, Paul's first loss came last time out when he was beaten by Fury in Saudi Arabia.
Diaz is making his debut as a boxer after ending his 15-year association with the UFC and seemingly calling time on his 18-year career as an MMA fighter.
The Stockton-born fighter won 21 of his 34 MMA contests, earning five victories by knockout, 12 via submission and four courtesy of a decision.
The 37-year-old famously beat Conor McGregor by submission at UFC 196 in 2016 but three of his last five fights have ended in defeat.
Shaun Brown analyses the credentials of both fighters ahead of their exhibition showdown...
|6-1 (4 KOs)
|Former UFC heavyweight champion
|L - (SD) v Tommy Fury (Feb 2023)
|W - (SUB) v Tony Ferguson | UFC 279 (Sep 2022)
|Makes basic mistakes
|Lack of hand speed
|This is his boxing debut
|Never gives in
|Jumping up in weight
|Gets caught too often
|Jake Paul v Nate Diaz
|Amanda Serrano v Heather Hardy 2
|Undisputed featherweight championship
|Alan Sanchez v Angel Beltran
|Chris Avila v Jeremy Stephens
|Shadasia Green v Olivia Curry
The main event participants, Jake Paul and Nate Diaz, may receive more attention, but make no mistake, the best fighter on card at the American Airlines Center, Dallas, is Amanda Serrano.
The seven-weight world champion is one of the premier female boxers on the planet and will look to cement that status with a dominant performance over Heather Hardy.
The pair previously fought in 2019, with Hardy’s WBO featherweight title at stake. On that occasion, Serrano almost stopped her opponent in the opening round, but Hardy demonstrated her durability to hear the final bell.
The American’s toughness was admirable, but it was no match for finesse or ferocity of ‘The Real Deal.’
Serrano has subsequently gone on to become the undisputed queen at 126lbs and the Puerto Rican will look to go one better than last time by securing the knockout.
At 41, this may be Hardy’s last crack at world title; a fact which will not be lost on her.
But will Hardy be able to pull off the upset of the year, or will Serrano once again assert her dominance?
Amanda Serrano is a must-watch fighter.
Even when she is a level, or several, above her opponent, she makes the fight entertaining by insisting on staying in punching range.
The Puerto Rican takes more shots than she has to, but it is a price she is willing to pay. In women’s boxing, the majority of fights go the scheduled distance. However, Serrano possesses a rare commodity in the female sport: power.
As a result, the 34-year-old is happy to stand and trade, safe in the knowledge that her punches are causing the most damage.
This ethos was evident when she added the WBA 126lbs strap to her collection with a hard-fought victory over Erika Cruz, in February.
Between them, they threw over 1900 punches, but the telling blows came from the seven-weight world champion.
Serrano damaged her hand against Cruz, which ruled her out of a rematch with Katie Taylor. The pair previously made history by becoming the first women to sell-out Madison Square Garden.
Hardy will hope that the injury has had a detrimental effect on Serrano. If not, it is hard to envisage how Hardy will be able to be victorious.
Serrano will be confident of securing the stoppage that eluded her during their first encounter.
By John MacDonald
Heather Hardy is as tough as they come, and, my word, she needed to be when she last fought Serrano.
Few fighters would have survived the Puerto Rican’s early onslaught, but Hardy did – just.
To her credit, ‘The Heat’ weathered the early storm and had her moments in the bout.
Since their first fight, Hardy’s long-time trainer Hector Roca has passed away. The loss had a profound effect on the 41-year-old.
Now working under the tutelage of Martin Gonzalez, the Brooklyn native will have to have improved significantly if she is to shock the world.
Bigger surprises have occurred in the sport, but not many. However, grief can be a powerful motivator. James ‘Buster’ Douglas’ mother died days before his fight with Mike Tyson; rather than causing the heavyweight to fall apart, it galvanised Douglas.
If Hardy was to be victorious, it would be an upset of similar magnitude.
Realistically, the best Hardy can hope for is to, once again, go the distance.
By John MacDonald
|44-2-1 (30 KOs)
|24-2 (4 KOs)
|Undisputed featherweight champion
|Former WBO featherweight champion
|W - (UD) v Erika Cruz (February 2022)
|W - (MD) v Taynna Cardoso (February 2023)