Former Bellator and One Championship titleholder and UFC veteran Ben Askren has agreed to box YouTube sensation Jake Paul.
Why? Because they Triller is backing a dump truck whole of cash to his entrance doorway, which is why. Triller is the promotional business at the rear of the modern Mike Tyson comeback in opposition to Roy Jones Jr.
Paul fought his 2nd skilled boxing match on the undercard of the Tyson vs. Jones card, knocking out previous NBA star Nate Robinson in the 2nd spherical.
Following defeating Robinson, Paul made use of his system of millions of social media subscribers and followers to try out and entice Conor McGregor into a battle. That, of study course, fell flat.
He tried using to goad McGregor teammate and Bellator fighter Dillon Danis into a struggle. That was also a non-starter.
His brother, fellow YouTube feeling and celeb boxer Logan, inked an exhibition offer to face Floyd Mayweather in February.
How Ben Askren vs. Jake Paul arrived with each other
Jake Paul ultimately received traction by taking photographs at Ben Askren, who retired generally because of well being problems pursuing again-to-back again losses to Jorge Masvidal and Demian Maia underneath the UFC banner.
Askren lastly agreed when Triller built its provide, which he suggests is more dollars than he’s ever been paid out before for a struggle in his job.
Askren has by no means fought in a professional boxing match, but he did box in the backyard in superior faculty. Now he gets to stage into the ring and get paid for it.
Although he may possibly not be a experienced boxer, it’s not like he’s under no circumstances properly trained in the discipline. It’s an integral part of combined martial arts, a sport in which he has been a winner in two various organizations.
“I did this for cost-free a whole bunch of situations in high faculty and now they want to pay out me a entire bunch of cash. I imagined this was just enjoyable. I did this for a entertaining time. I assume battle is enjoyment,” Askren informed TMZ Sports activities.
“Why wouldn’t I do this all over again if I’m finding paid out a complete bunch of revenue? When I believed about it that way, the response to me was clear.”
Askren does not have an understanding of why people today believe Jake Paul is a very good boxer
“I do not know why persons actually imagine he’s good. I watched the Nate Robinson battle. I believed, ‘Holy s–t, these fellas are lousy.’ They are truly terrible,” Askren stated.
“So I really really don’t see why people imagine he’s superior at boxing. He’s a YouTube star who made a decision he wants to do a number of boxing matches. He’s not a boxer.”
When they phase in the boxing ring on April 17, Askren thinks Paul is in for a impolite awakening for considering he can essentially box.
“It won’t be additional that I strike him and he goes down, but in excess of the study course of the 8 rounds, he realizes, ‘Holy s–t, I’m in a real combat. I never actually like this. I’m just some spoiled loaded kid. I’m just gonna locate an easy way out.’ It is gonna be like a TKO, probably spherical 6, spherical seven. Some thing to that effect.”
The Askren vs. Paul struggle will get area less than the Triller Combat Club banner. It will provide as the major event, airing on pay out-for every-check out. The site has still to be finalized.
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