The Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren boxing clash is only a couple of months away and ahead of the fight, Jake Paul is training with Jorge Masvidal who has a five-second knockout win over Ben Askren at UFC 239.
On April 17, the former Bellator and ONE champion Askren will meet the Internet personality Paul inside the boxing ring. Jake Paul, the internet personality turned pro boxer, has his next fight set, and this time he’ll be competing against an actual professional fighter. Paul will face former UFC fighter Ben Askren in an eight-round pro boxing match on April 17, Triller co-founder Ryan Kavanaugh told ESPN.
The fight will take place under the Triller Fight Club banner and will serve as the main event. The location of the event, which will air on traditional pay-per-view platforms, hasn’t been finalized yet. The full card, which is expected to feature familiar names from the world of boxing, present, and past, as well as other social media celebrities and MMA fighters all competing in boxing matches, will be revealed in the coming weeks. According to Kavanaugh, the fight will be contested with 10-ounce gloves in a 20-by-20 ring. It will mark the first pro boxing match of Ben Askren’s career.
Askren, who is still under contract with the UFC, received permission from the company to take the fight. While the weight class for the fight hasn’t been finalized yet, sources say it is expected to be contested in the 185-190-pound range.
Jake Paul learning from the BMF Jorge Masvidal
The social media sensation turned professional boxer today posted training footage with Jorge Masvidal, who famously knocked out Ben Askren in just five seconds in their July 2019 encounter at UFC 239. With Paul and Askren slated to box on April 17, Masvidal has taken on the role of trainer against his former opponent.
Paul today posted footage of their work, showing himself mimicking the footwork “Gamebred” used to set up his incredible flying knee but firing in a right hand, instead, and he promised to beat that UFC-record time for Masvidal’s win over Askren (via Instagram):
He knocked out my opponent @benaskren in 5 seconds and now will help me do it in less time.. @gamebredfighter is teaching me his secrets… April 17th the fight will last less than 4 seconds and then we coming for @natediaz209 pic.twitter.com/IQWeyqh5oj
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) January 28, 2021
“He knocked out my opponent @benaskren in 5 seconds and now will help me do it in less time.. @gamebredfighter is teaching me his secrets… April 17th the fight will last less than 4 seconds and then we coming for @natediaz209.” – Jake on Twitter.
Shortly after the Paul-Askren boxing bout was announced Tuesday by Triller, Jake told ESPN that he is in Miami training with Masvidal.
“I wanted to channel Masvidal energy since he’s in Florida,” Paul said. “I wanted to link up with Masvidal.”
“He’s gonna help me train for this fight and hopefully I can knock Ben out faster than Masvidal did. I know it seems like a lofty goal, but if I can get under 4.9 seconds then I can break his record.”
Looks like Jake is serious about this fight and has taken his boxing training on another level learning from the best in the game.
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