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Why are Jake Paul and Ben Askren combating? A callout lured ex-MMA champion out of retirement

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Jake Paul will look to enhance his boxing file to 3-0 on April 17 when he steps into the ring with former MMA champion Ben Askren on Triller’s Struggle Membership.

Paul began his professional boxing profession in January 2020 with a first-round knockout towards fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib. He adopted that with a knockout of former NBA participant Nate Robinson in November on the undercard of Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones. This would be the first time that Paul steps into the ring with a former fighter.

Askren is a two-time Division I wrestling nationwide champion who grew to become a champion at Bellator and ONE Championship earlier than ending his blended martial arts profession within the UFC. He amassed a file of 19-2 earlier than retiring from the game in November 2018.

How did a combat between a YouTuber and a former MMA champion occur?

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Why are Jake Paul and Jake Paul combating?

Earlier than and after his second-round knockout over former NBA participant Nate Robinson final November, Jake Paul known as out a number of MMA fighters to step right into a boxing ring with him. Amongst them have been Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, Dillon Danis, Jorge Masvidal and Ben Askren. Though some recommended they’d take the combat on social media, solely the not too long ago retired Askren made it clear that he’d be greater than prepared to satisfy the YouTube superstar for a combat. 

“Boxing, that appears type of straightforward,” Askren informed Submission Radio about the opportunity of entering into the ring following hip surgical procedure. “Like, I’m certain I might try this. Like, there’s no pictures, there’s no slams, there’s not leg locks. I dunno, that appears comparatively protected to me.”

Askren wasn’t impressed with Paul’s knockout of Robinson and acknowledged that he’s certain he’d fare significantly better than Robinson and AnEsonGib, a YouTuber that Paul stopped within the first spherical final January.

“It’s arduous to say once you’re going towards somebody who’s that dangerous,” Askren stated. “I watched the highlights, Nate Robinson, good god. I imply, actually, it seemed like he’d by no means been boxing earlier than. For somebody who’s such an elite athlete – I imply, this man’s a really elite athlete, he was a terrific basketball participant – he couldn’t field value a rattling.

“Clearly I’m somebody who’s a high-level fighter, who has a big following, who was possibly not recognized for his stand-up. I feel that’s most likely what he’s pondering.”

After a little bit of forwards and backwards on social media, it was introduced that Paul would return to the ring in April for a combat on Triller towards Askren in an eight-round cruiserweight bout. 

For the reason that combat was introduced, the 2 have ramped up their rivalry on social media with Paul dragging Askren’s spouse into the feud. The feud heated up at a March press convention the place phrases have been exchanged and it practically grew to become bodily through the staredown. 

Each have made guarantees to knock out the opposite however just one will come out victorious on April 17. 



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