Trash-talking YouTube star Jake Paul will step into the boxing ring for his third professional fight against former Bellator Champion Ben Askren later this month. With Paul boasting over 20 million subscribers on the popular video streaming website, there’s no doubt that the bout will attract millions of viewers from all around the world. So, read on to find out everything you need to know ahead of the much-anticipated fight.
Where and when is the bout taking place?
Paul and Askren will go toe-to-toe in the eight-round encounter on April 17th at the Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atalanta, Georgia. Those in the United Kingdom wanting to watch the YouTuber take on the mixed martial artist in the bizarre bout will be in for a long night as it is scheduled to get underway at around 5am. It will also set you back around £17 with FITE TV broadcasting it for UK viewers. There will also be performances from Snoop Dogg and Justin Bieber at the massive 79,000-seater venue.
Who is the favorite?
You would assume that a YouTuber taking on a ONE and Bellator Champion would be a rather one-sided affair, even if it is a boxing match and not Askren’s preferred MMA. However, the Jake Paul vs Ben Askren betting market is probably much closer than you’d imagine. In actual fact, Paul is the very slight favourite at 4/5 with Askren marginally behind at 10/11. A draw is 14/1. The most likely method of victory is Paul via KO/TKO at 13/10. In comparison, Askren is a much bigger 7/2 to win via the same method.
Who is Jake Paul?
Paul rose to fame on YouTube, posting his first video on the site way back in 2014. He has since built an empire worth over $11 million. Known as ‘The Problem Child’, this will be the 24-year-old’s third professional fight, and after beating fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib – who is a friend of the British group ‘the Sidemen’ – and former Basketball player Nate Robinson, he will be hoping to make it 3-0 with a victory over Asken.
Who is Ben Askren?
36-year-old Askren (19-2) made a name for himself in MMA’s Bellator and ONE. He won the Bellator Welterweight Championship in 2010 and defended his belt on five occasions before vacating it in 2013 in favour of joining ONE. He won the Welterweight Championship in just his second bout and held it for three years before joining the UFC, where he wasn’t as successful. Askren won his UFC debut, beating Robbie Lawler via technical submission. However, he was defeated by Jorge Masvidal and Demian Maia before retiring.
Who is on the undercard?
It will come as no surprise that the undercard is just as bizarre as the main event. British billionaire Joe Fournier, who turned to boxing in 2015, will take on musician Reykon, whilst former IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham will take on ex-UFC heavyweight contender Frank Mir. Former WBA light welterweight champion Regis Prograis will also go toe-to-toe with professional boxer Ivan Redkach.
Tale of the tape – main event
Jake Paul vs Ben Askren
Age: 24 vs 36
Fights: 2 vs 22
Wins: 2 vs 19
Loses: 0 vs 2
KOs: 2 vs 6
Height: 5’11” vs 5’10”
Reach: 76” vs 72”
Nicknames: ‘The Troubled Child’ vs ‘Funky’.