Jake Paul has agreed a late change to his August boxing match with former UFC fighter Nate Diaz.
The bout, which takes place on August 5 at the American Airlines Centre in Dallas, Texas, was originally scheduled to be contested across eight rounds — but following a request from Diaz’s camp, Paul says that he has agreed to extend the fight by a further two rounds to ten.
Should the bout go the distance, it would represent both fighters’ longest combat sports performance of their careers. Paul has never been scheduled to fight in a ten round bout in his young career, while Diaz has gone 25 minutes in the cage on a few occasions but never the 30 minutes that a ten round professional bout would require.
Nate Diaz wants 10 rounds. I guess he has good cardio. Ok Nathan, 10 rounds it is.
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) June 13, 2023
“Nate Diaz wants 10 rounds,” Paul wrote on Twitter early on Tuesday. “I guess he has good cardio. Ok Nathan, 10 rounds it is.”
Paul comes into the fight on the back of his first defeat in boxing earlier this year, where he lost a decision to Tommy Fury in what many observers suggested was his first true test against an experienced boxers. Prior to that, Paul had defeated an array of mixed martial arts fighters in his neophyte career.
Diaz, meanwhile, will make his professional boxing debut at the age of 38 after bringing down the curtain on a 15-year UFC career last year with a submission victory against Tony Ferguson.