Jake Paul is no stranger to publicity stunts, and he recently attempted a hilarious prank on Nate Diaz’s teammate and coach, Chris Avila. The YouTuber-turned-professional boxer has a tradition of calling opponents’ teammates to try to get into their heads before the event, and this time was no different.
In an entertaining turn of events, Paul posed as an ESPN reporter, hoping to land a quick interview with Avila. However, the attempt failed. Undeterred, ‘Problem Child’ then called the coach while pretending to be Nate Diaz and spun a fabricated story. The entire interaction was captured on video, and it’s certainly one for the books.
Paul and Diaz are scheduled to face off in a 10-round professional boxing match on August 5 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. While Paul has faced criticism for challenging aging MMA legends to boxing, his resume boasts wins over formidable opponents such as Anderson Silva, Tyron Woodley, and Ben Askren.
Nate Diaz, on the other hand, is known for his more sophisticated boxing skills compared to Paul’s previous MMA opponents. However, he faces a challenge with the disadvantage of age and size against his opponent.
Former interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier, who was once set to box Diaz back in 2018, shared his thoughts on the upcoming Paul vs. Diaz bout. While Poirier acknowledged Diaz’s unorthodox boxing style, he believes that it works well in MMA with smaller gloves and close-range strikes. However, in a boxing match with larger gloves and different timing and range, Poirier believes that Jake Paul’s youth, athleticism, and size will give him the advantage.
While the Diaz brothers are known for their resilience and ability to take control of fights in the later rounds, Poirier thinks that Paul’s size and power could potentially end things quickly.
Since 2014, Benny A. King has been fully immersed in the world of combat sports. Starting with a blog about Greco Roman wrestling, Benny’s passion for combat sports has led him to explore various disciplines.