Nate Diaz reveals his intention to face Jake Paul in boxing bout after leaving UFC

'I've never stopped training for a boxing fight since I started fighting,' said Nate Diaz

By Web Desk
September 19, 2022
Jake Paul (L) and Nate Diaz (R) — Twitter

KARACHI: Nate Diaz, who will transition into boxing this month after quitting the UFC, will be keeping a close eye on Jake Paul's bout with Anderson Silva.

If the YouTuber-turned-boxer can prevail in his forthcoming match with Silva on October 29, Diaz is free to pursue a bout with Paul. Given that both of his opponents might be formidable opponents for Diaz's California-based fans, Diaz has requested ringside seats to the fight and is eager to face the victor.

"When I was 17-18 years old and I was starting to fight I was in boxing with my boxing coach. There were boxers all over my gym, I was going to box initially but MMA shows were more around my area so I got sucked into MMA and stuck in a cage this whole time with contracts and stuff," Diaz told ID Boxing.

"So now everything is open for the taking and I've never stopped training for a boxing fight since I started fighting, when the right thing comes we're going to take it.

"Jake is for sure one of the options, he's doing big stuff, he's doing really big things and he's got a big fight ahead of him, and if he wins that I think people should surely be really impressed by it. And if Anderson does his thing to him that's impressive also so we've got a fight on our hands and I'm looking forward to it. It's 50-50 [between Paul and Silva], we'll see what happens."

At last weekend's UFC 279 pay-per-view, Diaz was slated to take on Khamzat Chimaev in a matchup that many believed was designed to diminish him by having the unbeaten Swede win fast and easily. Chimaev, however, failed to make weight for the bout and was forced to fight Tony Ferguson in its place, while his opponent faced Kevin Holland.