Former Bellator, ONE welterweight champion and UFC veteran Ben Askren is set to fight Jake Paul on April 17 in a pay-per-view main event headliner.
The fight will take place at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
This will be Ben Askren’s debut in the professional boxing world as he takes on Jake Paul who is 2-0. 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.
On the other hand, 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.
Jake Paul vows to finish Ben Askren in 2 rounds
Jake Paul recently appeared on the True Geordie podcast, where he talked about his upcoming fight against Ben Askren.
Jake Paul said that he is confident about finishing the former Mixed Martial Arts superstar inside two rounds on April 17 in Atlanta.
“I don’t care about it, to say the least. It doesn’t really matter to me what he’s doing, and that is sort of my point,” Jake Paul said to True Geordie. “I don’t care what Ben Askren is doing. I don’t care about what Ben Askren does on April 17, I don’t care what his game plan is, I don’t care about his skills. Anything that he does, I will have an answer to. I’ve sparred against better fighters than him this whole entire camp.
“Every single person that I’ve sparred in this camp is better than Ben Askren and quite literally, April 17 will be the easiest ‘training session’ for the whole entire camp. Every single day of this camp will be harder than what the actual fight night is,” Paul continued. “I’m going to go in there and fight someone who is a lesser opponent than all these guys I’ve sparred. I’m going to drop him in six minutes or less and I’m going to f*****g walk out of the arena and that’s that.” (H/T – BJpenn.com)
Heading into this fight, the bookmakers have listed Paul as -225 better favourite with Askren at +175.
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