Ben Askren: Nate Robinson Reached Out After Jake Paul KO Loss

Ben Askren got an unexpected call from Nate Robinson.

Askren went one-on-one with YouTube celebrity Jake Paul in a boxing match this past weekend, April 17. Paul scored the first-round TKO finish. It is Paul’s quickest victory.

Askren spoke to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani following the defeat. He said that Robinson, Paul’s previous opponent, reached out to him with words of encouragement (h/t

“Nate Robinson actually reached out to me. I don’t want to say I’ve talked sh*t on him, but I said Jake Paul has been in there with two not-very-good boxers so we don’t actually know a lot about him. Man, give me a lot of respect for Nate Robinson. I never really specifically said anything negative about him, I just said Paul has been in there with two guys who’ve never boxed before.

“Yeah, (so Nate reached out) Sunday morning or something. He said something like, ‘Yeah, I understand how bad it sucks, and the public will forget about it.’ I don’t know if I agree with him on that one, because I’ve been getting the Masvidal knee gif for two years. So the public doesn’t really forget. (He also said) ‘Hey, as long as you have good people around you, your life’s going to go on.’ To that part, I agree with him. I keep telling you, I love what I do for a living. I love my wife and I have some awesome kids and we had a great day yesterday, so yeah, life does go on.”

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