Fight fans now know the PPV price and venue for Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren.
Paul and Askren are scheduled to collide inside the boxing ring on April 17. Paul is a YouTube celebrity, who has two pro boxing victories under his belt. Those wins came against fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib and former NBA star Nate Robinson. Askren is a former Bellator and ONE Championship titleholder but he’s never had a professional boxing match.
Triller has announced the PPV price and venue for Paul vs. Askren.
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During an appearance on ESPN’s Ariel Helwani Show back in January, Paul predicted that he will knock Askren out.
“I started boxing two years ago and I’m still going to knock his ass out faster than [Jorge] Masvidal. These MMA guys think because they throw punches they know how to box. The world complained because I knocked out a basketball player and not a real fighter. So now I’m giving the people what they want by taking on a ‘real fighter.’ After Ben Askren is added to my knockout meme collection, what can anybody say?”
That same month, Askren told Helwani that Paul’s boxing skills leave a lot to be desired.
“It’s not like I’m going to box Mike Tyson. It’s not like I’m going to box Roy Jones Jr. Yeah, if I had to box those dudes, I’d be genuinely worried. I would be nervous. Or maybe, name another good guy. I’d be like, ‘Aww (expletive).’ Even if I had to fight in a boxing match (against) some of these MMA guys. I’ve stepped in the cage with trained killers – guys who do this for a living. Jake Paul is a YouTube star who beat up two guys who have literally never been in a fight in their lives. The notion this guy is good at boxing is delusional.”