The Atlanta Triller present appears to be like like professional wrestling with actual fists flying – The Ring

The outdated guard would scoff at it. They’d. Between Jake “The Drawback Baby” Paul and Ben “Funky” Askren they’ve two skilled boxing matches.

Each by Paul.

Each knockouts over nondescript novices making their skilled debuts.

But, the Paul-Askren matchup would be the eight-round foremost occasion of the four-hour pay-per-view Triller Battle Membership’s April 17 showdown on the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, in Atlanta, Georgia.

It might not be for the over-50 codgers, however that’s not precisely the audience right here. It’s actually not for the boxing purists, who don’t precisely match into the aimed demographic, both.

What can’t be argued is that it is going to be entertaining, no matter how a lot Paul and Askren flail at one another over eight rounds.

On Friday, Triller launched a digital press convention saying to the general public its grand plan. Triller Battle Membership co-owner Snoop Dogg will be a part of a forged of fellow hip-hop artists like Ice Dice, Too $hort and E-40 (Mt. Westmore) in the course of the leisure portion of the present.

And there can be actual reside fighters, too, like Regis Prograis (25-1, 21 knockouts), Ivan Redkach (23-5-1, 18 KOs) and former multi-cruiserweight titlist Steve “USS” Cunningham (29-9, 13 KOs). Cunningham final fought in 2017, and he’ll be taking up former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, who can be making his professional boxing debut and final fought professionally in October 2019.

Emmy-winning filmmaker Bert Marcus is pounding the drum, main the way in which in Triller’s reimagining of boxing as a brand new sort of cinematic leisure.

“Viewers on April 17 can be immersed right into a world not like something they might think about, a real movie-like expertise that reinvents the good sport of boxing by taking them into the ring in methods they’ve by no means seen earlier than,” Marcus mentioned. “Additionally deep into the behind-the-scenes motion with our fighters and musical performers because it unfolds in actual time.”

Ryan Kavanaugh, the pinnacle of Triller, sees what Triller is doing as a attainable future to the place boxing is heading—as a mix boxing present/leisure combine.

“This group of headline expertise from all areas of music and leisure will make this the must-watch occasion of 2021,” mentioned Kavanaugh. “Nowhere else will you be capable to see this combine of popular culture, comedy and hip-hop legends and top-notch fights in a single place.

“April 17 would be the new commonplace not only for boxing, however for a brand new style of leisure and sports activities that Triller Battle Membership is creating and implementing for followers of each demo, style and age. We’ve already damaged pre-sale information, and simply look ahead to what’s to return.”

We’ll see.

There might not be many 50-plus codgers tuning in and paying, however there could possibly be an unlimited new viewers keen.

Joseph Santoliquito is an award-winning sportswriter who has been working for Ring Journal/ since October 1997 and is the president of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of America. He could be adopted on twitter @JSantoliquito.

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