Jake Paul is taking a giant step ahead in his subsequent boxing match. After knocking out former NBA guard Nate Robinson in November, Paul will battle knowledgeable in April. Paul and Ben Askren will reportedly go head-to-head in an eight-round boxing match April 17, in response to Ariel Helwani of ESPN.
The battle will function the primary occasion for the following Triller Combat Membership, in response to Helwani, who stated the battle was a “performed deal.”
Jake Paul will battle Ben Askren in an eight-round professional boxing match on April 17, per Triller founder Ryan Kavanaugh. The battle will function the primary occasion of the following Triller Combat Membership card. Location TBD.
Carried out deal.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 26, 2021
The match represents a large step up for Paul. Although Paul defeated Robinson in November, that battle was mocked by professional boxers and analysts. Robinson had little to no expertise as a fighter going into the battle, and it confirmed.
That received’t be the case in April. Askren has a prolonged historical past as a fighter. Askren got here up as a wrestler, competing on the 2008 Olympics. Following that, Askren grew to become an MMA fighter. Over his profession, Askren has compiled a 19-2 report. His two losses have are available his final two fights.
April’s battle will mark the primary time Askren has stepped into the ring as a boxer.
Regardless of that, Askren believes he’s going to place Paul’s “desires to an finish,” in response to ESPN.
“I do know Jake Paul is having fun with pretending he’s a fighter,” Askren stated. “I feel on April 17 he’s going to have a impolite awakening to what being a fighter is de facto like. Jake has led a privileged life and does not actually know what the that means of being a fighter is. I will put his desires to an finish.”
Jake Paul set his sights excessive after beating Nate Robinson
Paul wasted no time calling out higher competitors after beating Robinson. Paul initially set his sights on Conor McGregor, offering McGregor $50 million to battle. UFC president Dana White laughed at that concept, suggesting Paul get into the ring with Amanda Nunes, who was not opposed to the fight.
On Thursday, McGregor didn’t completely shut down the thought of a battle with Paul, saying “we’ll see what occurs.” McGregor’s line of pondering may change after his loss to Dustin Poirier on Saturday. Following that battle, Paul lowered to his offer to McGregor to $10,000.
If Paul continues to be severe a couple of battle with McGregor, beating Askren may very well be step one towards making that occur. If Paul can maintain his personal towards knowledgeable fighter, that will give him extra legitimacy within the sport.
That doesn’t assure McGregor will take the battle, it solely ensures Paul will hold pursuing it more durable.
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