Ben Askren Details the Differences Between MMA and Boxing Training

Published 03/21/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
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)


Ben Askren is just a few weeks away from confronting his rival, Jake Paul. The pair will take each other on in a full-fledged boxing contest on April 17. This fight is already a hot topic in the combat sports world and has the potential to draw millions of eyeballs towards it. Moreover, it is intriguing because Askren, a former MMA fighter, will lace up the boxing gloves for the very first time to contend with someone professionally.

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‘Funky’ is already spending countless hours in the gym in preparations for this fight. Recently, he interacted with Fight Hub TV, detailing the difference between his MMA and boxing training.

He said, “I would kind of say it’s easier because again with MMA you have to do so many different things. But in boxing, it’s like, it’s kind of like your shoulders, your legs and that’s really it, you know.” 

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“And boxing is pretty much just pushing, rolling your body tight and that kind of stuff.”

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)

Askren, in his extensive MMA career, has been a prime grappler. Although his standup game was decent, ‘Funky’ relied heavily on his takedown and overall wrestling prowess. However, in preparations for the Jake Paul fight, Ben Askren has had to dedicate himself completely to the boxing regime.

He has put himself in both the MMA training routine and the boxing one, and this is principally why he feels MMA training programs are much tougher than boxing.

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Does Ben Askren possess the audacities to crucify Jake Paul?

The 36-year-old has immersed himself in rigorous boxing workouts as he wants to make a statement against ‘Problem Child’. Both fighters are game trash talkers and will want to let their actions speak louder than words on April 17.

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This fight has already garnered a lot of attention from both MMA and boxing fans, and both pugilists will be taking it very seriously for their respective reasons.

Everyone will be hooked in to see what the MMA veteran brings into this fight to counter the ‘Problem Child’. But what do you make of his comments on the difference between MMA and boxing training?

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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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