Ben Askren Details Why he Doesn’t Respect Jake Paul

Published 03/21/2021, 7:13 AM EDT


The feud between Jake Paul and Ben Askren has only ignited with time. Although the duo is set to meet each other on April 17, it hasn’t stopped them from taking a dig at each other through interviews and their social handles. Over the past few months until today, both Paul and Askren have launched wide shots at each other, thus adding hype to their forthcoming fight.

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Recently, ‘Funky’ was in an interview with Fight Hub TV. Here, he spilled some beans on why he doesn’t respect the ‘Problem Child’.

He said, “It’s like Jake Paul, he’s beat up Nate Robinson and some other YouTuber, both of whom have never fought and now he’s fighting me which is like I taking steps up the wrong. I have no ideas that I’m a high-level boxer. I’m not, I just think I’m good enough to beat up Jake Paul.”

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So it’s like you know, he’s had to take a few more steps up the ladder till we have respect for what he does.”

Mar 2, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Ben Askren (blue gloves) defeats Robbie Lawler (red gloves) during UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Askren, a former Mixed Martial Artist, has achieved considerable accolades in his career and he feels as Jake Paul has just 2 fights/wins to his boxing resume, it is just not enough to get recognition and respect.

‘Funky’ respects countless other boxers who have astonishing amateur and professional track records, but he feels the ‘Problem Child’ is just not tested yet as he’s fought non-fighters in both his fights.

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Does Jake Paul have an edge over Ben Askren?

The YouTuber turned boxer doesn’t hold substantial wins under his wing, but he has some serious punching power. In both of his fights, Paul crucified his opponents, securing gratifying victories.

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)

Moreover, Askren has fought no one in a pure boxing contest. Even in his MMA career, ‘Funky’ relied heavily on his ground game rather than his standup game. That said, Paul has a slight advantage over his adversary.

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Despite that, Askren has much more experience as a combat athlete and he’ll look to employ the same inside the ring against Paul.

This fight is unusual in its own way and promises to be an absolute blinder.

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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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