Eddie Hearn has weighed in with a prediction for this summer’s clash between Jake Paul and Nate Diaz.
It was announced earlier this month and former UFC star Diaz would be Paul’s next opponent, as he looks to bounce back from the first loss of his professional boxing career to Tommy Fury.
When asked by Ariel Helwani about the match up on Matchroom’s YouTube channel, Hearn admitted he see’s Paul coming through Diaz with relative ease.
“With Nate, no one knows. He could get completely smashed to pieces in a round, or he could be a great fighter. I hear he used to spar with Andre Ward and stuff like this.”
“If you’re asking me, Jake Paul beats him comfortably.”
“I really like Nate Diaz and I hope he wins – mainly so he doesn’t put me to sleep on the concrete! But I think he gets stopped.”
Diaz ended his UFC career on a high, submitting Tony Ferguson via Guillotine Choke in his final bout with the organisation in September of last year.
Although he competed at 155lbs and 170lbs during his MMA career, the bout with Paul will take place at a catchweight of 185lbs, the same weight ‘The Problem Child’ boxed Fury at back in February.
Having trekked to Saudi Arabia for that fight, Paul returns home against Diaz, with the American Airlines Centre in Dallas playing host to the card which will be broadcast on streaming service DAZN.
Although he’s going straight back in at the deep end, there is still a sense that back to back defeats could spell the end of Paul’s foray into pugilism.