Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren: Combat prediction, odds, card, professional picks, preview for boxing showdown

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The most recent sideshow attraction in boxing is prepared for its closeup. Whereas the times of seeing actuality TV and former baby stars within the ring has seemingly passed by the wayside, YouTube and TikTok stars have taken the mantle with excessive ranges of success. The following iteration comes on Saturday evening in Atlanta when Jake Paul faces off with former UFC fighter and two-promotion welterweight champion Ben Askren on Triller Combat Membership (9 p.m. ET, pay-per-view). 

The bout headlines a card loaded with oddities, together with a former boxer-turned nightclub mogul vs. a musician and one other boxer vs. UFC showdown on the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Combat week has taken some ugly turns, with Paul accused of sexual assault by a TikTok influencer, in addition to his personal claims that he’s now displaying early indicators of mind trauma.

“It is a harmful sport,” Paul mentioned throughout media day for the occasion. “That is why, when individuals query my dedication to it, it is like, I am displaying up each single day. I am placing my psychological well being on the road, my mind is on the road. Such as you mentioned, I’ve gone and gotten mind scans and have early indicators of CTE.”

He later walked again his declare on CTE.

Regardless of all of the bluster and trolling, Paul has truly proven first rate ability in his first two appearances. Though it was towards extraordinarily low ranges of competitors and never professional fighters, Paul scored a pair of knockouts that went viral. First he stopped AnEsonGib, a fellow YouTube star, earlier than brutalizing former NBA participant Nate Robinson final November.

Paul and his brother, Logan, have taken the coaching severely, on the very least, and enlisted some high names to help in preparation for fights.

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In Askren, he’s lastly dealing with a person who made his dwelling by means of combating, although definitely not as a boxer. Askren’s MMA profession was very profitable, capturing a number of championships earlier than ending his profession with a disappointing run within the UFC. After simply three fights on MMA’s greatest stage, Askren was pressured into retirement attributable to longstanding points along with his hips.

When a full hip substitute ended up not being wanted, Askren took the struggle with Paul, getting again into the struggle sport within the one space of his abilities the place he has all the time been weakest. If the boxing experiment goes nicely, Askren believes he might return to the circus a couple of extra occasions.

“I am not going to do three boxing matches a yr or something,” Askren advised BJPenn.com. “However, if I name out another dope YouTuber and can struggle him subsequent yr, yeah. I am not going to do 20 of them however I’d do two or three extra.”

The co-main occasion is about to see a extra authentic matchup as Regis Prograis takes on Ivan Redkach in a junior welterweight contest. Prograis bounced again from the primary lack of his professional profession by the hands of Josh Taylor within the World Boxing Tremendous Sequence junior welterweight ultimate with a third-round knockout of Juan Heraldez final Halloween. Redkach, in the meantime, misplaced a large resolution to Danny Garcia in January 2020 and hasn’t fought since.

Beneath you possibly can take a look on the full struggle card set for Saturday, with odds offered by way of William Hill Sportsbook.  

Paul vs. Askren playing cards, odds

Jake Paul -180

Ben Askren +155

Cruiserweight

Regis Prograis -4500

Ivan Redkach +1600

Mild welterweight

Steve Cunningham -1000

Frank Mir +650

Heavyweight

Joe Fournier

Reykon

Mild heavyweight

Junior Younan

Jeyson Minda

Tremendous middleweight

Lorenzo Simpson

Francisco Torres

Middleweight

Quinton Randall

William Jackson

Welterweight

Prediction

Paul is an obnoxious persona, however he is additionally younger, robust and appears to be taking boxing severely within the gymnasium. That has paid off towards non-boxers. Askren shouldn’t be younger, however is not going to be overwhelmed mentally by the thought of being in a struggle on an enormous stage, and he has taken arduous punches to the face by means of his profession. That is not true of somebody like Nate Robinson, so Paul should expertise a prepared opponent who understands what combating actually is. The issue for Askren is that he merely has by no means been a striker and has struggled within the stand-up sport even towards different non-strikers by means of his MMA profession. Did a couple of months of strict boxing coaching elevate Askren’s sport to the place he can field with a taller, stronger, youthful opponent who has devoted a couple of years to the game? That is a mighty large ask. Choose: Jake Paul by way of TKO2





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