Jake Paul after defeating Nate Robinson.
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The final time YouTuber Jake Paul climbed right into a boxing ring he knocked out former NBA star Nate Robinson in spectacular vogue within the 2nd spherical. Now he is trying to do it another time, this time in opposition to a former skilled fighter. A boxer? Not precisely. This time Jake Paul is going through off in opposition to former MMA fighter Ben Askren.
However let’s begin initially…
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.
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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 newbie 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 forwards and backwards with a number of MMA fighters, together with Conor McGregor and his coaching associate Dillon Danis, however finally 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 celebrity Jorge Masvidal in 5 seconds, however earlier than that he was an undefeated fighter and regarded among the many handiest wrestlers in MMA.
After an extremely profitable newbie 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 quite a lot of power long run accidents. He finally retired on account of these accidents.
Who’s the betting favorite?
Oddsmakers have Paul listed as -225 higher favorite with Askren at +175.
This makes excellent sense. Whereas this battle is an unknown amount, Askren was by no means thought of an excellent striker in MMA. His complete sport was arrange round his grinding wrestling and brutal floor and pound strikes. When the battle 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 stated, Askren is a former skilled fighter with a 19-2 file 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 Struggle Membership for US$49.99.
When does the battle happen?
In response to the Triller web page, the primary occasion will begin round 9pm EDT on April 17. That is 6pm PDT.
Viewers within the UK must keep up until 2 a.m. on April 18 to look at the battle. For those who’re tuning in from Australia, the battle takes place at 11 a.m. on April 18.
Who else is on the battle card?
The complete battle card is as follows…
Jake Paul vs. Ben AskrenRegis Prograis vs. Ivan RedkachAntonio Tarver vs. Frank MirJoe Fournier vs. ReykonPerformances and commentary group
Exterior of boxing, the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren occasion is predicted to function a number of performances by official 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 group. Through the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. — battle Triller’s final huge PPV occasion — Snoop Dogg’s commentary went somewhat bit viral. Appears 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.