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- Jake Paul requests fight with big-name fighters
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We hesitate to say that Jake Paul takes anything particularly serious, but it looks like he is taking his burgeoning boxing career seriously, and is set to box another professional athlete — this time, one who’s expertise is in fighting — but not boxing.
Jake Paul is set to fight MMA champion Ben Askren on April 17, in another match for Triller’s Fight Club Series, a partnership between the app and Snoop Dogg, who acts as a consultant for the fights. While the exact time of the match has yet to be announced, we suspect this is to avoid rescheduling issues, similar to brother Logan Paul and Floyd Mayweather’s upcoming boxing match.
Read on for an overview of when the game is happening, updates for Askren & Paul, line movement updates, and our picks to win.
Jake Paul vs Ben Askren Odds & Boxing Match Information
|Date & Time:||April 17, 2021, time TBA|
|TV Coverage:||Live Streamed via Triller as part of Triller’s Fight Club|
|Opening Odds:||Jake Paul -265 | Ben Askren +205|
|How to Bet:||Bovada Sportsbook|
The line movement for the fight hasn’t moved around much, steadily (and surprisingly, for some) favoring Jake Paul to win. Heavy line movement will likely result from one of the players releasing a training video showing any sort of skill development.
With the current odds, you stand to win $188,68 (plus your wager) if you bet $500 on Jake Paul, while you’d make $1,025 if you bet $500 on the NCAA champion.
Jake Paul News & Notes
Jake Paul didn’t waste any time calling out professional fighters like Conor McGregor, Dillion Danis, and Ben Askren following his win over Nate Robinson late in October.
Jake Paul enters the fight with a record of two wins by KO, and suspects the upcoming fight will continue to break Triller viewing records, saying his previous fight against Robinson was the highest viewed live broadcast in Triller history.
For anyone following Jake Paul’s fight (or social media) history, you’ll know that Jake Paul is eagerly awaiting a fight against KSI, who previously boxed his brother — it’ll be interesting to see if this fight comes to fruition if Paul does in fact beat Askren.
Bobby Sarnabesht, co-founder of Triller & Executive Chairman says “We announced Jake last week to an unprecedented amount of interaction on Triller and it was painfully clear fans want to see Jake fight Ben. You asked, we delivered…Ben Askren is an experienced fighter, and we can’t wait to see what happens when he steps foot into the ring with Jake Paul after seeing Jake’s KO in November. This is an event not to be missed!”
Ben Askren News & Notes
Ben Askren is a now-retired MMA fighter & wrestler, and was a Bellator and ONE Welterweight Champion. He also competed in the Olympics for wrestling, was a NCAA Division 1 National Champion & four-time finalist, and was also won the World Championship in submission wrestling. In addition to these wins, his MMA record includes 19 wins, two losses, six knockouts, and six submissions.
Askren is metaphorically betting on himself to win the fight against Paul, telling Submission Radio “…I don’t know, that sounds like a fun Friday night to me,” while discussing how he and friends would box for fun in high school.
Askren agreed to fight Paul after some back-and-forth on social media (and when UFC commissioner Dana White signed on), despite retiring in 2019, although he’s said he’d returned to the ring (or octagon) under certain conditions, like a generous payday.
Askren believes Paul might want to box him both for his professional accomplishments, but also because he’s known for his wrestling more than his striking ability. Askren himself seems confident in his ability pre-fight, and says “Boxing, that seems kind of easy. Like, I’m sure I could do that. Like, there’s no shots, there’s no slams, there’s not leg locks. I dunno, that seems relatively safe to me.”
Askren has his fair share of professional accolades, he’s also known for receiving one of the fastest KOs (his first loss, too) in UFC history, as seen on Sports Gambling Podcast. While Paul might not be the professional apex of Askren’s career, if he wants to secure the bag, it’s a smart move to secure a fight with a Paul brother.
Game Pick: Ben Askren +205
We hate to go against a Paul yet again, but although Jake Paul is certainly honing his skills, and has proven he can compete and win against a professional athlete, this is his first time competing against a (former) professional fighter — we attribute his past wins partly to skill but also to boxing other amateurs, and although Askren’s new to boxing, he’s not new to the ring which we think will lend itself to a win, if not a KO.