Former Mike Tyson Trainer Holds Ben Askren’s Coach Responsible for Brutal KO Defeat to Jake Paul

Published 04/23/2021, 10:00 AM EDT


Last weekend, the Jake Paul vs Ben Askren fight ended in the most tragic fashion in the eyes of all hardcore fight fans. Here, the retired MMA star, Ben Askren, got floored in round 1 of the fight and couldn’t continue. The hardcore MMA fans expected ‘Funky’ to give a stern ring outing to the YouTuber turned boxer. But the former couldn’t stick to his game plans and ended up losing his first pro-boxing bout.

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This fight garnered vast attention from one and all for obvious reasons. However, ‘Funky’ was on the receiving end of a huge backlash coming from the fans.

Now, Mike Tyson‘s ex-trainer, Teddy Atlas, gave his take on this scenario and blamed Askren’s coach for the latter’s loss.

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In his own podcast (THE FIGHT with Teddy Atlas), he said, “Whoever’s training him, you’ve taken a cheque then you’re responsible. You gotta make sure it’s better than that. Again it’s his job, I get it, I get it, but still, you gotta prepare better than that, I’m sorry, people don’t like it, don’t like it.”

Atlas seemed furious with the Ben Askren team’s conduct in preparations for this fight. Right from the first bell, Askren tried to distance himself from ‘The Problem Child’ and he could barely land any punches on the young gun.

As a result, Jake Paul maximized on the same and terrified the former UFC welterweight with a slick jab and a right hand. Hence, the referee stopped the fight in round 1 itself as he wanted to save Askren from further damage.

Did Ben Askren give his best shot for the Jake Paul fight?

Askren, an MMA veteran, enjoyed a momentous career in the sport. In his extensive MMA run, ‘Funky’ relied heavily on his ground game to counter his opponents.

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul fights Ben Askren in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Triller)

Despite Askren being a prime grappler, many expected him to take this fight deep and annihilate ‘The Problem Child’ in the latter rounds.

But Jake Paul turned the tide in his favor, and Askren didn’t really showcase his true skills in this fight. Regardless of that, this bout stayed true to its hype and went down as one of the best boxing events of 2021.

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Do you agree with Teddy Atlas’s comments on Askren’s brutal loss? Should he have been prepared better?

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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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