Ben Askren returns to the arena, but this time to the boxing ring! The famous MMA fighter will make his boxing debut on April 17 against YouTube sensation Jake Paul! It will be a professional match in eight rounds, and the information was confirmed for ESPN by Ryan Kavanaugh, co-founder of the Triller platform, which was also behind the recent fight between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.
Recall, at the same event, Jake Paul also performed, who then brutally knocked out former NBA star Nate Robinson. The match between Askren and Paul will also be held under the auspices of the Triller Fight Club and it will be the main fight of the event, which should get an officially confirmed location in the coming days.
The complete list of fights will be revealed in the coming weeks, and it is assumed that it will be made up of famous names from the world of boxing, stars from social networks, but also MMA fighters - reports ESPN. According to Kavanaugh, Askren and Paul will fight in 10-ounce gloves.
Shortly after the information became official, Askren announced that this will be his first boxing match, but also his first fight since October 2019, when he was defeated by Demian Maia in Singapore. "I know he enjoys pretending to be a fighter, but I think April 17th will find out in a rough way what it's really like to be a fighter.
Jake has led a privileged life and doesn't really know what exactly it means to be a fighter. I'll put an end to his dreams. ", said Askren according to ESPN. Ben, let's mention, is still under contract with the UFC, but he got permission for this match, according to sources in the reputable media.
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For Paul, on the other hand, this will be his third professional boxing match after victories over YouTuber AnEsonGib and Robinson. "Ben Askren is a two-time NCAA champion, world champion in two different MMA organizations, and has less defeats than Conor McGregor."
"I started boxing two years ago, but I will still knock him out faster than Jorge Masvidal (5 seconds, op.a.).These MMA characters think they know how to box just because they throw punches. The world complained because I knocked out a basketball player, not a real fighter."
"Here, now I'm giving people what they wanted. I'm fighting a 'real fighter'And what are you all going to do to say when I add Ben Askren to my knockout collection? Thanks to the Triller Fight Club for giving him a platform to put another man to sleep, "Paul said.
As an MMA fighter, Askren recorded 19 wins, two defeats, and one 'no contest' He was a champion in the ONE Championship and Bellator, and he mostly won fights thanks to top wrestling techniques. The category in which he will fight Paul has not been confirmed yet, but sources say that the two of them should be somewhere between 84 and 86 kilograms.