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The final time 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. Now he is seeking to do it yet again in opposition to a correct skilled: ex-MMA fighter Ben Askren. They’re going to combat on April 17, beginning round 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET.
Unusual mismatch? World’s weirdest circus act? It is troublesome to inform at this stage.
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 nearly each social media platform. They initially gained recognition 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 develop into 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 latest 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 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 famous person Jorge Masvidal in 5 seconds, however earlier than that he was an undefeated fighter and thought of among the many only wrestlers in MMA.
After an extremely profitable newbie wrestling profession Askren turned 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 few 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 good sense. Whereas this combat is an unknown amount, Askren was by no means thought of a superb striker in MMA. His entire sport 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 primary 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. Should you’re tuning in from Australia, the combat takes place at 11 a.m. on April 18.
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.
Stable preview for the way this combat goes to play out? Presumably.
Who else is on the combat card?
The total combat card is as follows…
- Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren
- Regis Prograis vs. Ivan Redkac
- Steve Cunningham vs. Frank Mir
- Joe Fournier vs. Andres Felipe Robledo Lodono
- Junior Younan vs. Jeyson Minda
- Lorenzo Simpson vs. Francisco Torres
- Quinton Randall vs. William Jackson
Performances and commentary group
Outdoors of boxing, the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren occasion is predicted to characteristic a number of performances by legit 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 look.
Bizarrely, Pete Davidson has been added to the commentary group. Through the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. — combat Triller’s final large PPV occasion — Snoop Dogg’s commentary went slightly 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.