Boxing: Ben Askren Channels His Inner Muhammad Ali in Latest Workout Video

Published 01/28/2021, 1:18 AM EST
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 26: (R-L) Ben Askren punches 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 MMA champion Ben Askren gave fans an insight into his boxing training for his fight against Jake Paul. The former UFC fighter is not messing about and has intensified his training. He even took a sly dig at Jake Paul.

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MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 30: Jake Paul looks on against AnEsonGib during their fight at Meridian at Island Gardens on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

This is because news broke out that the former ONE Championship and Bellator champion will take on the YouTube sensation in a boxing fight. Moreover, the pair have a brief history with each other, which will only intensify this contest.

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Askren took to his Twitter to give a glimpse of his training. He shared a video of him skipping and captioned it, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee, I’m 100% sure @jakepaul has an STD!     Thanks to Nakisa and @bavafasports for setting up my easy payday ever!!”

Therefore, not only has ‘Funky’ ramped up training, but he also showed, that he doesn’t rate Jake Paul as a tough challenge. Askren comes from a strong wrestling background, but it is clear that he is confident in his boxing ability as well.

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Why is Ben Askren fighting Jake Paul?

Ever since his victory over Nate Robinson, Jake Paul has called out the biggest names in MMA, and challenged them to get in the ring with him. While most ignored or shut him down, Askren was the one who bit at the bait.

He previously said there should be no comparison between the two because Paul is a ‘bum’ while he is a world-class athlete. Furthermore, as the rumors of a potential bout intensified, Askren referred to Paul as a coward.

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As you can expect, Jake Paul fired back at the former MMA fighter and then they agreed to a fight on April 17. Thus, despite Askren referring to it as a pay-day, and critics accusing him of taking it for the money, there seems to be little more to this fight than common opinion.

What do you make of this fight? Do you think Jake Paul and Ben Askren actually have beef or is it only to promote their bout?

READ: Jake Paul vs Logan Paul: Who is the Better Boxer?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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