When YouTube celeb turned boxer Jake Paul known as out Ben Askren for a fight, the former Bellator and One particular winner was admittedly at a decline.
It wasn’t for the reason that he hadn’t been termed out before simply because that was just component of the career though Askren was in the center of his mixed martial arts occupation. Rather, he explains outside the house of listening to the identify, he had no idea why the 24-year-previous “influencer” was getting so a lot attention.
“Honestly, when he 1st known as me out, I experienced listened to the identify but I did not know something about him by any means,” Askren reported when speaking to MMA Combating. “I’m like why is this dude so popular? I can’t really figure it out for the everyday living of me. I guess young ones like him and sh*t.”
Paul has absolutely developed an audience many thanks to viral video clips built on the web along with his brother Logan Paul, who has also crossed over into boxing as nicely.
The youthful of the two brothers finally built his expert debut in late 2019 towards a different YouTube celebrity named “AnEsonGib” and he gained the struggle by initial-round knockout. Paul then followed that up by providing a brutal knockout to former NBA participant Nate Robinson on the undercard for the the latest exhibition bout amongst Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.
Subsequent that get, Paul began going through criticism for not facing real fighters in the course of his boxing vocation. Rather than calling out precise boxers, however, Paul turned his notice toward several mixed martial artists as he attempted to attract someone into a combat with him.
Sooner or later an present went out to Askren, who was extra than delighted to accept even if he was never recognized as a prolific striker during his fight job.
Due to the fact the bout agreements have been signed, Paul has gone on the offensive with his trash converse even though also incorporating a schooling session with UFC welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal, who knocked out Askren with a flying knee in just 5 seconds when they clashed in 2019. Even though actively playing head game titles, Paul has also promised that he’s getting his boxing profession pretty critically, which was aspect of the motive he remaining his former residence in Los Angeles and relocated to Miami to focus only on training.
For his aspect, Askren can not say how a great deal devotion Paul may well really have for his boxing job but he hasn’t been amazed by what he’s found so significantly.
“So I experienced observed the Nate Robinson [fight] and when I signed the offer I went again and viewed the other a person,” Askren stated. “The other a single was actually, seriously bad.
“I guess to his credit history, he appears to be like superior towards Nate Robinson but much better towards Nate Robinson? Nate Robinson looked like he didn’t spar a single time for that combat. Superior from Nate Robinson, I’m not guaranteed that signifies better. Maybe Nate Robinson manufactured him seem that superior.”
It’s possible Paul is putting genuine effort into getting to be a much better boxer but Askren understands from personal expertise that it will take a whole lot of time to certainly acquire these types of capabilities, especially without having coming from an elite athletic background.
As an example, Askren assisted ex-WWE celebrity CM Punk prepare for his UFC debut and when he commends the previous qualified wrestler for putting in tireless hrs in schooling to get ready, he was by now at the rear of when the race commenced.
“CM Punk, I was there, he did teach very seriously but there’s just a thing about setting up a new vocation at age 37,” Askren mentioned. “It was not like he was elite at any of these sports activities. He wasn’t elite at boxing or wrestling or kickboxing or jiu-jitsu or he was seriously elite at expert wrestling but that was not truly interactive, you as opposed to me. So you do not know what that feels like. You have not been in all those wars and it usually takes time.
“With Jake Paul, now he did start out at 25 or anything, he started two decades ago. With the proper ecosystem and the correct total of time could he grow to be elite? Certainly. Do I imagine that is what’s heading to occur? No, I do not consider that’s what’s likely to occur.”
For the following 11 weeks, Askren promises he’s going to put every thing into instruction for the boxing match with Paul to make confident he’s ready.
By the time April 17 will come and goes, Askren expects that the results will show to Paul that potentially he built an sick informed conclusion in contacting out a true fighter and possibly he’s much better off sticking with opponents who really do not know how to throw a punch.
“I would venture to guess as soon as this thing commences getting critical, I imagine that having serious begins on April 17, he’s likely to consider twice about it,” Askren mentioned. “He’s heading to believe ‘wow, there is a good deal simpler ways for me to make cash in everyday living. I sort of considered this was a superior plan, I imagined this was interesting and now probably I’m contemplating two times about this.
“Maybe it is a single exactly where he suggests that’s as well really hard or there is much easier approaches to make income but I signify with someone who’s received that big of a subsequent, I would foresee there’s constantly a person he can struggle to make some income. Probably it’s not as significantly, possibly there is a dip or anything but I’m certain there is some other YouTuber he can fight. I do not even know who all these YouTubers are, I have no idea. But I’m certain there’s anyone else he could pick who has an similarly significant following and they could get other folks inspired to look at it.”