Ben Askren on Wednesday shot down Jake Paul’s declare that he’ll forfeit his total struggle purse if he tries any MMA strikes of their boxing match.
“False,” Askren wrote on Twitter in response to Paul’s declare in an interview with MMA Junkie that his bout settlement accommodates a clause forbidding MMA strikes. Paul added he provided a folkstyle wrestling rematch with Askren after Saturday’s pay-per-view at Triller Struggle Membership on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
An individual with data of the fighters’ contracts instructed MMA Preventing that Askren will obtain “a pair” of warnings and could possibly be disqualified within the occasion he makes use of an MMA transfer within the boxing match. However that may not imply Askren forfeits his purse, and nothing within the contract displays that.
“He doesn’t mechanically lose that isn’t within the contract and never true,” stated the supply, who requested anonymity to freely focus on negotiations.
Matt Woodruff, the chief director of the Georgia Athletic and Leisure Fee, stated no particular guidelines have been put into place for the eight-round skilled boxing match, which might be contested as a cruiserweight bout with the combatants anticipating to weigh round 190 kilos.
“Clearly, Ben is a former MMA fighter, so we’ll have a dialog with him within the locker room to notice that it’s boxing, and there might be no takedowns,” he instructed MMA Preventing. “However when it comes to sanctions or something Jake has stated, nothing has been relayed to us. We’ll have a guidelines assembly with all of the fighters individually earlier than the struggle.”
Woodruff added each fighters’ corners might be instructed to not exceed the two-person restrict on cornermen backstage and ringside.
Triller Struggle Membership’s pay-per-view on Saturday is the second to function Paul, a YouTube celeb who transitioned to boxing and delivered a viral knockout of Nate Robinson on the undercard of the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jone Jr. occasion. Askren, a former ONE Championship and Bellator champ, makes his debut as a professional boxer after a embellished profession within the cage and on the wrestling mat. Paul and Askren sparred verbally and almost tussled on the occasion’s press convention this previous month.