Youtube star Jake Paul has challenged former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier for a sparring session behind the closed door to prove how good he is.
Jake Paul is scheduled to fight former ONE and Bellator champion, Ben Askren, on April 17 at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Jake Paul is coming off of a spectacular knockout victory over former NBA star Nate Robinson in a boxing match. Prior to that, he knocked out British YouTuber AnEsonGib during Superbowl week in Miami last year.
This will be Ben Askren’s debut in the professional boxing world as he takes on Jake Paul who is 2-0 as a pro.
Ben Askren retired from the sport, after suffering a submission loss to Demian Maia at UFC Singapore in October of 2019. Prior to that, he suffered a brutal KO loss to Jorge Masvidal. His run in the UFC wasn’t like the one he had in ONE Championship and Bellator MMA.
Why does Jake Paul want to spar Dustin Poirier?
While speaking to True Geordi on his podcast, Jake Paul was suggested by Jorge Masvidal about training with Dustin Poirier. Jake Paul also said that it will be a way of showing how good of a fighter he is.
“I’ve challenged Dustin Poirier to a spar, we are both here in South Florida. Masvidal was like ‘yo, you and Dustin would be friends I can tell. You guys would be cool. You have the same sort of energy and vibe. You guys should hang out,’” Jake Paul said to True Geordie. “I don’t have anything against Dustin, I even complimented him for beating Conor (McGregor) and he has done amazing things and you can’t take that away from him. By me challenging him to a spar, it is in no way me coming after him. I’m not trying to start beef.
“Everyone in this sport that’s a fighter knows sparring is a respectful thing. I just merely want to show Dustin how good I am and maybe get his co-sign,” Jake Paul continued. “I’ve challenged him to a spar, no cameras, we don’t even have to talk about it. I told him, ‘yo DM me, hit me up, let’s spar we are both in South Florida. Let’s have some fun.’ I think it would be interesting.” (H/T – BJPenn.com)
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