Paul vs Askren Live: YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul holds a 2-0 record early in his professional career, but his two victories came against fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib and former NBA player and Slam Dunk Contest champion Nate Robinson — not exactly elite competition.
So, here’s the big question: How will Paul handle someone with legitimate combat experience? We will find out Saturday night when Paul faces retired mixed martial artist Ben Askren at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Before you dismiss Paul’s chances of winning, keep in mind he has been training hard and shown some serious boxing skills. Plus, as Sporting News’ Andreas Hale points out, Askren is known more for his wrestling than his striking.
This is boxing versus MMA, and you’re going to see the difference,” Paul said during a press conference last month. “You’re going to see the difference of a wanna-be fighter, a guy who choked in the Olympics, a guy who choked in the UFC, and now a guy who is going to choke against Jake Paul. I’m going to end this guy’s career.
The Paul vs. Askren pay-per-view can be purchased in the United States for $49.99. Boxing fans can watch the fight by ordering through FITE.TV, Triller Fight Club or a cable or satellite TV provider.
The Paul vs. Askren fight is expected to take place at approximately 9 p.m. ET on Saturday. There are three other fights on the card, so the main event could be pushed back depending on how long the earlier bouts last.
Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren card
Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren; Cruiserweights
Regis Prograis vs. Ivan Redkach; Junior Welterweights
Steve Cunningham vs. Frank Mir; Heavyweights
Joe Fournier vs. Reykon; Light Heavyweights
Jake Paul record and bio
Born: January 17, 1997
Reach: 76 inches
Total fights: 2
Record: 2-0 (2 KOs)
Ben Askren record and bio
Born: July 18, 1984
Reach: 72 inches
Total fights: 22
Record: 19-2-1 (6 KOs, 6 submissions, 7 decisions as MMA fighter)