Jake Paul is back to his winning ways after defeating former UFC star Nate Diaz by unanimous decision on Saturday night at a sold-out American Airlines Center in Dallas(DAZN PPV).
Paul(7-1, 5 KOs), who lost to Tommy Fury in his last outing, dropped Diaz in the fifth round with a left hook and got the better of the action throughout.
At the end of the fight, two judges had it 98-91, 98-91, and another judge had it 97-92.
Paul has a new team in place, including his new trainer Shane Mosley; Paul believes he could have gone 12 rounds in this fight.
“I’m a new fighter,” he said after the win. “The new team we brought in, the new strength and conditioning—- everything was new, and I worked harder this camp. It pushed me to my limits. There were moments in the gym where I thought, ‘Damn, I don’t even know if I can do this,’ but I just kept on believing in myself, and now my gas tank is crazy. I could have kept on going. I could have gone 12 rounds, and we are just stepping up and up, and after doing it in three years- I’m happy with myself.”
According to the 26-year-old Paul, his loss to Fury helped make him a better fighter.
“The loss was seriously the best thing. It set me on the path I was supposed to be on, and you can’t cut corners in this sport,” Paul said. “I was in the gym the day after the loss. I flew back from the Middle East and went to the gym every single day up until this fight.”
In his professional boxing debut, the 38-year-old Diaz(0-1) did not look that bad, but he sometimes gassed out. However, he did go 10 rounds in his debut in the boxing world, which is admirable.
While Paul continues to move the train along and still is a guy who drives the needle, it should be interesting to see who he fights next. Will he go after another MMA guy or try his hand at another “real boxer?”
Regardless of who he fights, to Paul’s credit, he has worked hard to become a boxer.
In other action:
In the co-main event, Amanda Serrano (45-2-1) electrified the crowd, earning a unanimous decision win (99-91, 100-90, 100-90) over former WBO featherweight title holder Heather Hardy (24-3, 4 KOs) after an exhilarating 10 round blood-soaked battle, retaining her title as undisputed champion.
Serrano and Hardy have had nothing but respect and kind words for each other, but once they entered the ring, both women went to war. Serrano gave a dominating performance with a barrage of punches in her classic style, while Hardy showed grit and heart, hanging on until the final bell. The two shared a sentimental moment in the ring following the fight as they expressed their appreciation for one another and their hope to continue growing the sport of women’s boxing.
Chris Avila (4-1) overtook Jeremy “Lil Heathen” Stephens (0-1-1) in a unanimous decision victory (59-55, 59-55, 60-54) as the two super middleweight combat sports veterans went head-to-head. Avila handed Stephens his first professional loss, putting forth a dominating performance in just his fifth professional bout as he controlled much of the action for six rounds.
Undefeated lightweight H2O Sylve (10-0, 9KOs) brought the American Airlines Center to its feet with multiple thunderous body shots, knocking out the more experienced veteran lightweight William “Baby Face” Dos Santos Silva (30-5, 18 KOs) in the fourth round. The rising star earned the title of ESPN Ringside’s 2022 prospect of the year and proved his strength and dominating power against Silva as he celebrated with his patented griddy in the ring.
Shadasia “The Sweet Terminator” Green (13-0, 11 KOs) also earned a decisive victory by unanimous decision (99-91, 100-90, 100-89) over Olivia Curry (7-2, 2 KOs). The two super middleweight powerhouses put on an unforgettable matchup as fans went wild over the nonstop action. The win cements Green’s next fight against Savannah Marshall as mandatory challenger for the undisputed super middleweight title.
On Wednesday, Most Valuable Promotions (MVP) and Real Fight Inc. (RFI) announced that undefeated lightweight Ashton “H20” Sylve (9-0, 8KOs) will face off with the much more experienced veteran lightweight William “Baby Face” Dos Santos Silva (30-4, 18 KOs) on the Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz pay-per-view card live from the American Airlines Center on August 5th in Dallas, TX.
Sylve is coming off a dominating win over Adam Kipenga as the main event of MVP’s inaugural Most Valuable Prospects event, while Silva is fresh off a TKO victory over Diego Gonzalo Luque. The two will take the ring in an action packed eight-round matchup contested at 135 lbs. The Paul vs. Diaz pay-per-view will be distributed globally by DAZN PPV. In the US and Canada in addition to DAZN PPV, Paul vs. Diaz will be available on all major cable and satellite pay-per-view providers.
Sylve, the first prospect signed by MVP and ESPN Ringside’s 2022 prospect of the year, has knocked out eight of his nine opponents and has not shied away from fighting more experienced names in the ring, leveraging his formidable pound-for-pound power and fast twitch agility to deliver decisive victories in each of his professional bouts. The Long Beach, California native was a gifted amateur who turned pro at 16 with over 100 wins and 10 national titles to his credit. Sylve first rose to fame as an eight-year-old when a training video made by his father, Ivan, went viral, leading to an invite to Floyd Mayweather’s storied gym in Las Vegas.
“It has always been a dream of mine to fight among legends and shine under the brightest lights,” said Ashton Sylve. “MVP has continually given me the opportunity to do so, and I couldn’t be more excited about stepping back into the ring in what promises to be the event of the year. “I’ve been grinding like crazy to get ready for this fight, and trust me, my technique and skills will be on full display on August 5th. Dallas, get ready ’cause I’m coming for you! See you soon!”
Silva, a Brazilian native from Sao Paolo, and current resident of St. Petersburg, FL, holds the impressive title of former WBO Latino welterweight and WBO Latino lightweight champion. In 2016, Silva put his lightweight championship on the line, but was defeated by the powerful Felix Verdejo, but has since won a regional belt for the IBO.
Silva continues to fight the best in the game with only four losses in his 17 year career by Verdejo, Arnold Barboza, Cletus Seldin, and two-weight world champion Teofimo Lopez who all had a combined record of 75-1 at the time of their fight against Silva. Silva steps into the ring with Ashton Sylve coming off two straight wins, most recently a TKO against Diego Gonzalo Luque. He is training under Jim McLaughlin, a member of the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame and is promoted by Reyes Boxing and Fire Fist Promotions.
“There will be fireworks during this fight,” shared William Silva. “I’m fighting for my family and country.”
Jake “The Problem Child” Paul and combat sports icon Nate Diaz will finally settle their growing feud over eight rounds at the American Airlines Center(DAZN PPV) in Dallas, TX. on August 5th, Paul’s promotional company announced on Wednesday.
Paul-Diaz will be contested at 185 pounds with 10-ounce gloves.
Paul, 26, who suffered his first loss after losing to Tommy Fury in February, had a rematch clause, and after his loss to Fury, Paul(6-1, 4 KOs) said he was going to exercise that rematch clause. However, he’s had a change of heart, and now he will fight Diaz next.
Over the last 18 months, Paul and Diaz have traded scathing public jabs about a potential fight, and now the world will finally see the duo go head-to-head to settle the score.
“My last fight didn’t end the way I wanted, but the result was the best thing that could have happened to my professional boxing aspirations. Now, the world thinks I am vulnerable, when all I am is more focused than ever. My team wanted me to take an easy fight like KSI next, but that’s not how I am built. Nate Diaz is considered one of the most bad-ass fighters of all time, but he and his team have been running their mouths for too long,” said Paul. “People tell me Nate has been training with Andre Ward for years, that he has insane stamina. That he refuses to back down. Good for fu***** Nate. I haven’t forgotten about the slap backstage in Arizona, and on August 5th, a Problem Child is going to piece up and knock out the Stockton G.”
The 37-year-old Diaz makes his highly anticipated boxing debut after being the most sought-after free agent in combat sports history. Boxing has been a staple throughout his 17 years as a professional, including being a regular training and sparring partner of undefeated boxing legend Andre Ward.
Diaz, a proven fighter willing to take on the biggest name in his sport, headlined his last show for the UFC and capped it off by being the first person ever to submit Tony Ferguson. He has won 22-fights as a pro, including devastating Conor McGregor with a 1-2 that lead to the Irishman’s first loss in the UFC.
Diaz wants to make name for himself in boxing and thinks Paul has the second biggest name in the sport behind Canelo Alvarez.
“Besides Canelo(Alvarez), he’s the biggest thang in boxing. I’m here to conquer that. I’m the King of combat sports, and then I’m headed back to get my UFC belts,” said Diaz. “I fu**** up Conor for acting out, and now here I am again, like a Super Hero of the Real Fight game, the King of the Real Fight game.”
Should be an interesting night in Dallas.
Jake Paul has done it again and got the best victory of his young career.
Paul(6-0, 4 KOs) was able to drop Anderson Silva(3-2, 2 KOs)) in the final round and would defeat the former UFC star by an eight-round unanimous decision on Saturday night in front of 14,430 fans at Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona(Showtime PPV).
The judges scored it 78-73(2x) and 77-74, all in favor of Paul.
The 47-year-old Silva did get off to a quick start and was having success in the early rounds, but Paul was able to win the later rounds and close the show in this cruiserweight affair. In the eighth round, Paul dropped Silva with a looping overhand right for the second time in his boxing career with 2:20 left in the eighth round.
“We were just fighting in the clinch, and he got caught on the way out,” Paul said of the knockdown. “He took so many hard shots throughout the whole fight. The dude is a real dog. You see what happens to everyone else that gets hit with that. He’s the toughest guy in the world, but I just wanted it more. I’m a real dog, and I left it all in the ring.”
Again, Silva had his moments as he landed more power punches(66-51) than Paul, but Paul landed more with the jab(32-13). In total, Paul outlanded Silva(83-79).
After the win, Paul called out UFC star Nate Diaz and Canelo Alvarez.
“They’re going to find something to say. ‘Fight a real boxer.’ I tried,” he said. “If I were walking on water, people would say that I can’t swim. There’s always going to be haters. There’s always going to be critics. It’s an everyday part of life if you’re doing something and being successful. I don’t worry about it. This is just the start. I want Nate Diaz. Canelo, you too. You guys said, ‘You can’t beat a striker; you can’t beat a legend like Anderson Silva.’ I just did it. So why can’t I beat Canelo?”
Give Paul credit; he dropped Silva and had some decent moments in this fight. At 25, he’s still developing as a fighter. However, even though he may have tried, it’s time for a real boxer, and hopefully, that’s next for Paul.
Ashton “H20” Sylve and two of its most intriguing newcomers, Chris Avila and Mikhail “Doctor Mike” Varshavski highlight the SHOWTIME PPV undercard on Saturday, October 29 (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) headlined by Jake “The Problem Child” Paul vs. UFC legend Anderson “The Spider” Silva at formerly Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., just outside Phoenix.
Teenage sensation Sylve (7-0, 7 KOs) will increase his level of competition and put his knockout streak on the line against durable Braulio Rodriguez (20-4, 17 KOs) of the Dominican Republic in an eight-round lightweight bout contested at 133 pounds. Avila, a disciple of UFC superstar Nate Diaz, will look to make a statement against “Dr. Mike” Varshavski, a board-certified family physician and social media influencer with nearly 23 million followers. Their four-round cruiserweight bout is contracted at 185 pounds.
The first prospect signed by MVP, Sylve of Long Beach, Calif., has stopped all his opponents in four rounds or less, demonstrating hair-trigger reflexes. The 18-year-old recently knocked out Giovanni Gutierrez in the first round of his MVP debut at lightweight in May. He fought three times in 2021 and twice thus far in 2022. A gifted amateur who turned pro at 16 with over 100 wins and 10 national titles to his credit, Sylve first rose to fame as an eight-year-old when a training video made by his father, Ivan, went viral, leading to an invite to Floyd Mayweather’s storied gym in Las Vegas.
“This is a dream come true and I’m really excited for the opportunity to put on a spectacular performance on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View,” Sylve said. “This is my toughest opponent yet and I’ve been training hard. I’m looking forward to introducing the world to H2O on October 29th.”
Sylve is facing an experienced opponent in Rodriguez, who has scored knockouts in all but three of his wins thanks to an aggressive, swing for the fences style. When he’s lost, it has come against top-flight opposition. Rodriguez has shared the ring with lightweight contender Ryan Garcia and title challenger Christopher Diaz. He dropped a split decision to then undefeated prospect Alberto Mercado and a unanimous decision to then unbeaten Carlos Diaz, the first blemish of his career after scoring 15-straight knockouts to start his pro campaign.
“I’ve fought on big stages before and I’m going to take full advantage of this great opportunity to show fans what I’m capable of,” Rodriguez said. “I’m thankful for this chance. October 29th can’t come soon enough.”
A veteran of both the UFC and Bellator, Chris Avila (1-1 as a boxer) has made the walk for 17 professional fights and has never been stopped or hurt during his time in the cage and ring. Making his second appearance on a Jake Paul card, the 28-year-old Stockton, Calif., native is an everyday training partner of Nate Diaz, and signature member of the Nick Diaz Army. As was the case in Tampa, Fla., when Avila beat Anthony Taylor in a super middleweight boxing match last December, Diaz and more than 40 members of the Nick Diaz Army will once again be present for Avila when he takes on “Dr. Mike.” With a reputation as an aggressive fighter, Avila’s calling card overhand right landed him two first round KOs in 2021 in MMA fights, and a 3-0 combat sports record for the year.
“Hmmmm, let’s see. I am giving him a height advantage, a reach advantage and a medical degree advantage,” Avila said. “It’s whatever though. If he wants to go to boxing fantasy camp, then I’m glad to give him the lesson he wants. A real fight against a real fighter who is not here to play games or clout chase for Instagram.”
It’s a good bet Avila has never faced anyone with a bedside manner like “Dr. Mike” Varshavski. Voted “Sexiest Doctor Alive” by People Magazine, the 6-3 Varshavski will attempt to prescribe a steady diet of right hands to Avila in his pro boxing debut. A fitness nut with over 10 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, “Dr. Mike” bloodied and battered YouTube personality Ian “iDubbbz” Washburn this past May in the main event of Creator Clash to walk away with a victory in the exhibition bout. If “Dr. Mike” puts forth a similar effort on October 29, the prognosis could be grim for Avila. “Dr. Mike” donated his entire purse in May to help relief efforts in Ukraine and plans to donate his purse on October 29 to a Boys & Girls Club of NYC.
If Floyd Mayweather loses to Conor McGregor on Saturday night in Las Vegas, the world would go crazy! It probably would go down as the biggest upset in the history of sports.
One man who gives McGregor a shot is Nate Diaz. Diaz fought McGregor two times in the Octagon. Diaz won the first fight, and McGregor bested Diaz in the rematch.
Diaz told Against All Odds with Cousin Sal the following:
“I’ve sparred with the top pros in the fight game, the best fighters in the world, and done better than a lot of them. I fought Conor for 25 minutes. I believe he’s definitely going to have a chance,” Diaz said.
“Fighting and beating the best boxer pound for pound in the world right now? That’s another story, but a fight’s a fight, and we’re going to have to watch and see what happens.”
Diaz think it’s ridiculous that many pro boxers are not giving McGregor a chance:
“The boxers, every f____ pro boxer is saying something and all this criticism, and I think it’s a better option is to keep your opinion out of it,” Diaz said.
“What happens when Conor wins? Let’s say he wins, and all this sh*t these boxers talk oh you thought you knew but you don’t know sh*t because you say stuff like he doesn’t stand a chance. They should know, being fighters, in a fight, everyone stands a chance, and if they’re saying that there’s no chance, that’s a problem.”
I’m not a boxer, but I don’t give McGregor much of a chance. It’s impossible to think a guy could beat an all-time great in his first fight. I maybe wrong, but I doubt it!