“He Wanted Me to Fight Jake” – Tyron Woodley Reveals Why Ben Askren Wanted Him to Fight Jake Paul

Published 07/04/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 26: Ben Askren (R) shoves Jake Paul as they face off during a news conference for Triller Fight Club’s inaugural 2021 boxing event at The Venetian Las Vegas on March 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Paul and Askren will face each other in the main event that will take place on April 17, 2021, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775638153 ORIG FILE ID: 1309340730


The former UFC bigwig, Tyron Woodley, will confront the most debatable boxing star, Jake Paul next month. Ever since this contest got announced, it has sent shock waves in the fight world. This will be Woodley’s first professional boxing outing, and he’s already charged up and ready to roar inside the squared circle.

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But competing in a full-fledged boxing bout was never in Woodley’s plans. However, Ben Askren, who also fought Jake Paul a few months back, wanted the ex-UFC welterweight king to battle out ‘The Problem Child’.

In a chat with Fight Hub TV, ‘The Chosen One’ put some light on the same. He said, “Shoutout to Ben (Askren). Ben was one of the first ones that brought this up after he lost. He said he wanted me to fight Jake.”

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“I told Ben, if this fight happens, we’ll make a nice little donation to the Askren Wrestling Academy.”

The Askren vs Paul fight had fans expecting the former UFC star to smother Jake Paul with his experience and fight IQ. But to everyone’s surprise, ‘Funky’ fell prey to Paul’s demolishing power in round 1 itself.

With that win, ‘The Problem Child’ signified his boxing run and made himself one of the biggest household names of boxing. Also, after that fight, the YouTube boxing star wanted to challenge himself with an even better opponent. And as a result, he lined himself up for a boxing war against Tyron Woodley.

Is Tyron Woodley in a vulnerable spot against Jake Paul?

Jake Paul ranks among the biggest names of boxing today. And with time, he’s adding on to his boxing prowess by competing against the best fighters across boxing and MMA.

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With that, Paul definitely has many weapons in his bag and this might be intimidating for Tyron Woodley. Despite that, the latter would walk into this fight with full confidence. In the ring, he’ll look forward to keeping Paul on his toes.

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It’ll be interesting to see if the novice, Jake Paul, wins this fight and negates the combat experience of Woodley.

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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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