Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren: Start date, how to watch online, press conference shenanigans


Jake Paul after defeating Nate Robinson.

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When YouTuber Jake Paul final climbed right into a boxing ring he KO’d former NBA star Nate Robinson within the 2nd spherical and went viral. He is seeking to do it once more, this time in opposition to a correct skilled fighter in ex-MMA fighter Ben Askren.

Unusual mismatch? World’s weirdest circus act? It is troublesome to inform at this stage.

However let’s begin firstly…

Who’s Jake Paul?

Jake Paul is the brother of Logan Paul. Each are YouTuber on-line personalities with sizeable followings throughout virtually each social media platform. They initially gained reputation on now-defunct video platform Vine and Jake Paul starred in Bizaardvark, a present on the Disney Channel. 

As of late each Paul brothers have grow to be well-known for — bizarrely — boxing. Logan Paul boxed fellow YouTuber KSI to a attract a ludicrously excessive profile beginner boxing match in August 2018. Jake Paul fought KSI’s brother Deji Olatunji on the undercard. 

After the bout Jake Paul continued boxing and has fought professionally twice, most not too long ago defeating former NBA star Nate Robinson on the undercard of Mike Tyson’s current comeback in opposition to Roy Jones Jr.

Since that contest Jake Paul has been going backwards and forwards with a number of MMA fighters, together with Conor McGregor and his coaching accomplice Dillon Danis, however in the end he is arrange a boxing match in opposition to retired UFC fighter Ben Askren.

Who’s Ben Askren?

Ben Askren might be most well-known for being violently KO’d by UFC famous person Jorge Masvidal in 5 seconds, however earlier than that he was an undefeated fighter and thought of among the many simplest wrestlers in MMA. 

After an extremely profitable beginner wrestling profession Askren grew to become a world champion in two organisations, Bellator and One FC. He made a UFC run on the finish of his profession, however by then was carrying various persistent long run accidents. He in the end retired because of these accidents.

Who’s the betting favorite?

Oddsmakers have Paul listed as -225 higher favorite with Askren at +175.

This makes good sense. Whereas this combat is an unknown amount, Askren was by no means thought-about a very good striker in MMA. His complete recreation was arrange round his grinding wrestling and brutal floor and pound strikes. When the combat stays standing, Askren tends to look sluggish and restricted. Jake Paul, while inexperienced, has extra skilled boxing expertise than Askren and hasn’t misplaced a boxing match but. 

That being mentioned, Askren is a former skilled fighter with a 19-2 report and wins in opposition to world class competitors. Jake Paul is 2-Zero in opposition to much less skilled opposition.

How do I watch?

That one is fairly straight ahead. You should buy the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren PPV occasion on Triller Fight Club for US$49.99.

When does the combat happen?

In accordance with the Triller web page, the principle occasion will begin round 9pm EDT on April 17. That is 6pm PDT.

Viewers within the UK should keep up until 2 a.m. on April 18 to look at the combat. In the event you’re tuning in from Australia, the combat takes place at 11 a.m. on April 18.

Press convention

Triller held a Conor McGregor-esque press convention over the weekend, permitting Jake Paul and Ben Askren to go at one another. At one level Paul performed a message from Jorge Masvidal for Askren.

It ended up in a comical staredown the place Ben Askren form of casually palmed Paul’s face and Paul responded by throwing the weirdest pulled punch I’ve ever seen.

Strong preview for a way this combat goes to play out? Presumably.

Who else is on the combat card?

The complete combat card is as follows…

  • Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren
  • Regis Prograis vs. Ivan Redkach
  • Antonio Tarver vs. Frank Mir
  • Joe Fournier vs. Reykon

Performances and commentary crew

Outdoors of boxing, the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren occasion is anticipated to function a number of performances by professional A-listers. 

Justin Bieber, Diplo, The Black Keys, Doja Cat and Main Lazer are all anticipated to carry out. Mt. Westmore, a brand new rap group options — get this — Snoop Dogg, Ice Dice, E-40, and Too $hort are additionally scheduled to seem.

Bizarrely, Pete Davidson has been added to the commentary crew. Throughout the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. — combat Triller’s final huge PPV occasion — Snoop Dogg’s commentary went a little bit bit viral. Seems like Triller goes for a similar vibe with this PPV.

Celebrities additionally confirmed to attend embody supermodel Taylor Hill, Mario Lopez and TikTok superstars Dixie and Charli D’Amelio.