Will Paul make Askren his latest viral hit? Here’s everything you would like to understand about the April 17 fight.
Jake Paul may be a perfect 2-0 as knowledgeable boxer. But that record was achieved against a fellow YouTuber in AnEsonGib and a former NBA player in Nate Robinson.
Can Paul notch a convert a legitimate fighter, though? the planet is close to determine , as Paul will throw hands with retired mixed martial artist Ben Askren at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and survive pay-per-view on Saturday night.
After knocking out Gib and sleeping Robinson, turning the previous three-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion into a moment meme for the ages, the 24-year-old Paul is super confident that he’ll hammer the ultimate nail within the fighting career of the 36-year-old Askren.
“This is boxing versus MMA, and you are going to ascertain the difference,” Paul said during the fight news conference last month. “You’re getting to see the difference of a wanna-be fighter, a man who choked within the Olympics, a man who choked within the UFC, and now a man who goes to choke against Jake Paul. I’m getting to end this guy’s career.”
Despite having emphatically lost back-to-back UFC fights — to Jorge Masvidal by flying knee in five seconds and being submitted by Demian Maia in 2019 — Askren vows that he won’t be bullied by the YouTuber, Paul.
Will Paul make Askren his latest viral hit, or will Askren show enough boxing ability handy the young YouTuber his first pro loss?
Here’s everything you need to know about the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren card.
WHEN IS PAUL VS. ASKREN? DATE, START TIME
Date: Saturday, Apr. 17
Time: 9 p.m. ET/1 a.m. GMT
The Paul vs. Askren card launches Saturday, April 17 at 9 p.m. ET, which is 2 a.m. Sunday, April 18 in the UK.
Main event ring walk times depend on how long the earlier bouts last.
WHAT STREAM IS PAUL VS. ASKREN?
U.S.: Triller Fight Club
U.K.: FITE TV
Triller will stream the Paul vs. Askren main card in the United States, while FITE TV will stream the event in the UK.
WHERE IS THE PAUL VS. ASKREN FIGHT?
The card takes place at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. This will mark the third major city that Paul fights in, as he has already checked Miami and Los Angeles off his list. Askren has never fought in Atlanta.
JAKE PAUL RECORD AND BIO
Date of birth: Jan. 17, 1997
Total fights: 2
Record: 2-0 (2 KOs)
BEN ASKREN RECORD AND BIO
Date of birth: July 18, 1984
Total fights: 22
Record: 19-2-1 no contest (6 KOs, 6 submissions, 7 decisions)
PAUL VS. ASKREN CARD
Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren; Cruiserweights
Regis Prograis vs. Ivan Redkach; Junior Welterweights
Steve Cunningham vs. Frank Mir; Heavyweights
Joe Fournier vs. Reykon; Light Heavyweights