If there’s one combat this April that appears to have actually captured the creativeness of fight sports activities followers, it’s Ben Askren vs. Jake Paul. The pseudo-celebrity boxing match between the previous Bellator & ONE champion and the YouTube character is the most recent providing from the upstart Triller boxing promotion that put collectively the shockingly profitable exhibition bout between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. final fall.
On the undercard of that occasion, Paul beat former NBA level guard Nate Robinson in a professional bout scheduled for six rounds. Paul completed Robinson within the second, and after the bout known as out a number of MMA fighters—together with Ben Askren. Askren was fast to just accept the the problem and, whereas negotiations appeared to undergo a number of matches and begins, the 2 males are actually set to fulfill within the coming weeks.
Forward of the combat, former UFC champion and present ONE Championship title holder Demetrious Johnson gave his ideas on the bout. After hemming and hawing a bit over the 2 males’s fight sports activities resumes, ‘Mighty’ ended up with one distinct takeaway: if he needed to make a guess, that guess could be on Jake Paul.
“I’m not discounting Ben Askren out of this combat,” Johnson stated, on a current look with MMA Combating’s What the Heck podcast. “But when any person got here to me and stated, ‘Demetrious Johnson, right here’s $1 million, who’re you placing the cash on? It’s important to f-ckin guess, if you happen to don’t guess, I’m taking the $1 million with me,’ properly, f-ck, I’m throwing it on Jake Paul. I believe he’s gonna win the combat. If I don’t guess, I’m gonna lose it anyhow so I’ll go forward and guess on Jake Paul.”
All that stated, Johnson admitted that he’s a “huge fan” of Askren, and loves the best way he handles himself on social media. And whereas he isn’t choosing Askren to get the win, he’d like to see him pull out the victory on behalf of all of the wrestlers on the market.
“I need Ben Askren to win,” Johnson stated. “I hope he wins as a result of he comes from my line of sport. He’s a wrestler taking up a YouTube star. However after I take a look at it, I’m like, dude, Jake Paul truly has knockout energy. Ben Askren’s been knocked out earlier than so it’s not like it may possibly’t occur once more.”
The Triller PPV occasion can be anticipated to function a boxing match between former WBA welterweight champion Regis Progais taking up 23-5-1 (1 NC) Ukranian Ivan Redkach. A professional boxing bout between 8-0 millionaire-turned-boxer Joe Fournier and reggaeton artist Reykon (who seems to don’t have any professional or newbie boxing expertise) can be anticipated for the undercard.
A combat between former UFC champion Frank Mir and former a number of time boxing champion Antonio Tarver had been scheduled for the cardboard as properly, however Tarver was pulled from the combat and changed by former IBF cruiserweight champ Steve Cunningham.