As the world turns its gaze to the boxing ring, all eyes are on global sensation and adventurous daredevil, Jake “The Problem Child” Paul. Known for his relentless spirit and drive, Paul is set to undertake an unprecedented challenge in his rapidly growing boxing career. He is all set to step into the ring with the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) superstar, and the one who famously defeated Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz.
The gripping showdown is slated for Saturday, August 5, 2023, at the iconic American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Fans across the globe can tune into the adrenaline-pumping bout as it streams live on DAZN pay-per-view (PPV). This electrifying event, dubbed “Paul vs. Diaz,” promises to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
But that’s not all. The evening promises more action as multiple-time women’s boxing champion, Amanda Serrano, faces off against former WBO queenpin, Heather Hardy. They will contend for the undisputed Featherweight title, adding another high-stakes match to the DAZN PPV event. The night of thrilling sportsmanship commences at 8 p.m. ET, with a PPV price tag of $59.99.
According to Nakisa Bidarian, the co-founder of Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions, there’s a lot riding on this match for Paul. “His boxing career is on the line, in terms of being one of the top three or four guys in the entire sport globally. If he loses, he’d just go to being another prospect that’s coming up in the ring,” he mentioned in a candid interview with ESPN.
As for Diaz, Bidarian opined, “I don’t think his place in the sport is at stake. It’s about what’s next for him and how much leverage he has in dictating what’s next versus having to accept what’s next.” Unlike Paul, Diaz has a plethora of options, including a potential rematch, adding an intriguing angle to the match.
Paul, who boasts a boxing record of 6-1 with four knockouts, is no stranger to squaring off against UFC veterans. His list of high-profile victories includes names like Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley, and Anderson Silva. On the other hand, Diaz, the 38-year-old boxing rookie, will be making his debut against “The Problem Child.” Diaz’s last outing was a submission victory over Tony Ferguson at UFC 279 in September 2022.
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In a clash of this magnitude, the prize money at stake is nothing short of phenomenal. Paul, who endured the first professional defeat of his career against Tommy Fury in February, returns to the ring with great anticipation. The former UFC superstar Diaz, on the other hand, is set to make his boxing debut after leaving Dana White’s MMA promotion post his victory over Tony Ferguson.
Paul has had his fair share of battles against former UFC fighters, with his boxing resume boasting names like Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley, and Anderson Silva. Despite losing to Fury in a closely contested match in Saudi Arabia, Paul is optimistic about his chances against Diaz.
The revealed prize money details for “Paul vs. Diaz” indicate that Paul is set to earn a hefty seven-figure purse. He is guaranteed to pocket $2 million, which could spike to an eye-watering $5 million if he emerges victorious over Diaz. Diaz, on his part, is set to earn a substantial $500,000, which could double to $1 million if he bests Paul.
Fight Purse Details:
• Paul: Guaranteed $2 million, potential to increase to $5 million with a win.
• Diaz: Guaranteed $500,000, potential to surge to $1 million with a win.
So, as the countdown to the epic match begins, fans worldwide are waiting with bated breath. Will Paul re-establish his dominance, or will Diaz make a winning debut? Only time will tell. Until then, let the anticipation build!