Ben Askren’s Latest Training Footage: Should MMA Fans be Worried?

Published 03/06/2021, 12:00 PM EST
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 26: Ben Askren reacts to his submission loss to Demian Maia of Brazil in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC welterweight Ben Askren is eager to take on his rival Jake Paul on April 17. The two will fight in an 8-round boxing contest in the cruiserweight category. As the fight inches closer, the duo has increased their grilling workout schedules. Askren, who remained a prime grappler in his MMA run, is working hard to crush the ‘Problem Child’ in the boxing bout.

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Recently, he released a video on his Instagram handle, sharing a snippet of his pad work.

In this video, Askren showcased light movements and substantial power punches to lure his fans.

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However, a huge chunk of MMA fans seemed worried after this video, as it’ll be the first time ‘Funky’ will lace up his boxing gloves for a professional bout.

Throughout his career, Askren relied on his ground game to tackle his opponents, and remained fairly successful in the same. But the 36-year-old has seemingly struggled against opponents with a good standup game.

The whole MMA community wants Askren to smother Jake Paul, but the latter’s abilities in a standup game undeniably worry the fans.

Despite that, ‘Funky’ has immersed himself in pure boxing workout regimes. He is keen on shutting the naysayers and more importantly dispatching his foe, the ‘Problem Child’.

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Does Jake Paul have an upper hand over Ben Askren?

Paul has only two fights/wins on his resume, but the YouTuber-turned-boxer has garnered vast attention on himself. He has a colossal cruiserweight frame and is working day and night to turn the tide in his favor on April 17.

MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 29: Jake Paul during the weigh-in for Miami Fight Night on January 29, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Paul will fight AnEsonGib in a match at Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami on January 30. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

The ‘Problem Child’ has stayed around the sport for a considerable time and moving into this fight, he’ll enjoy a sure shot edge over ‘Funky’.

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However, if he underestimates the former MMA star, Paul might end up getting trapped.

This fight is definitely one of the most exciting events of 2021. It’ll be interesting to see what the pair brings to the table.

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What do you make of Ben Askren’s pad-work video? Can Askren annihilate Jake Paul?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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