Ben Askren Says Boxing Is Less Stressful Than Other Disciplines Ahead Of Jake Paul Fight
Ben Askren finds boxing to be the easiest discipline he’s ever trained for.
This Saturday night, April 17, Askren will share the ring with Jake Paul. While Askren’s combat sports experience far surpasses Paul’s, he hasn’t had a pro boxing match. Paul is 2-0 as a pro with victories against fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib and former NBA star Nate Robinson.
During an interview with MMAFIghting.com ahead of fight night, Askren said that the opportunity to fight Paul was too good to pass on.
“I did say when I retired, I will never be a full-time fighter but if something interesting comes up, I’d be willing to accept that. This falls into that category I think. I’m not going to be a full-time boxer but I got an interesting opportunity and I’m going to take advantage of it.”
“Funky” went on to say that getting acclimated to the sweet science hasn’t been as stressful as it is for other disciplines.
“Way less [stress than wrestling]. In wrestling, you get put in all kinds of really, really strange positions. Boxing is way easier than anything. Jiu-jitsu, kickboxing, Muay Thai, there’s very little stress comparatively.”
Paul vs. Askren will be taking place inside the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. Regis Prograis vs. Ivan Redkach and Steve Cunningham vs. Frank Mir will also be featured on the card.