Jake Paul who already has a boxing match lined up with former ONE and Bellator champion Ben Askren, is still seen doing his trolling acts to attract attention from other MMA fighters.
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. The two have talked plenty of trash about one another in the lead-up to their match. Given Paul’s reputation as a provocateur and prankster, it’s no surprise that he’s finding unique ways to build up hype for the bout.
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Jake Paul talks about his fight with Askren
Jake, a 24-year-old who is considered one of the most popular and polarizing personalities on the internet and is the younger brother of fellow social media influencer Logan Paul, has made waves in the boxing world since his debut in January 2020. On that night, he defeated fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib, real name Ali Loui Al-Fakhri, via first-round TKO. He followed that up with a second-round knockout of former NBA player Nate Robinson in November. Heading into his fight with Askren, he’s promised a similarly violent outcome.
“Ben Askren is a two-time NCAA champion, a world champion in two different global mixed martial arts organizations, and has fewer losses on his record than Conor McGregor,” Paul told ESPN after his fight with Askren was made official.
“Me, on the other hand, I started boxing two years ago and I’m still going to knock his ass out faster than Masvidal,” he added. “These MMA guys think because they throw punches they know how to box. The world complained because I knocked out a basketball player and not a real fighter. So now I’m giving the people what they want by taking on a ‘real fighter.’ After Ben Askren is added to my knockout meme collection, what can anybody say? Thank you to Triller Fight Club for giving me the platform to once again put a man to sleep. April 17, it’s lights out for Askren.”
Askren, 36, retired from MMA last year after announcing he needed hip replacement surgery. He had successful surgery in August. His athletic résumé is an impressive one. Among the accomplishments: former two-time NCAA wrestling champion, a two-time Dan Hodge Trophy winner, a 2008 Olympian, and a former Bellator and One Championship welterweight champion.
He started his career a perfect 19-0 (1 NC) before getting knocked out in five seconds by Masvidal in July 2019, which is the fastest knockout in UFC history. His last fight was a submission loss to Demian Maia in October 2019.
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