“I Will Double Your Purse”- Jake Paul Makes a Bizarre Offer to Ben Askren

Published 04/15/2021, 1:45 AM EDT
MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 30: Jake Paul celebrates after defeating AnEsonGib in a first round knockout during their fight at Meridian at Island Gardens on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)


Jake Paul doesn’t appear to be done with infusing drama into his upcoming matchup against former MMA champion Ben Askren on April 17. Following several interactions on social media and in public, Paul is still looking to get under the skin of his nearing opposition.

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That said, he has thrown a bizarre offer to Askren, that might urge ‘Funky’ to perform better inside the ring. While Ben Askren has already claimed that he will receive the best payday of his career against Jake Paul, the numbers might double up depending on the result.

The amount already seems to be around $1 million and in a recent interaction, Jake Paul vowed to increase the fight purse if Askren wins the fight. In a conversation with Snoop Dogg, ‘The Problem Child’ spoke out his mind.

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“If you are confident you are gonna beat me. If you win, I will double your purse. I will pay you double your purse. If you lose, you will have to pay all your purse to a charity of my choice,” said Jake Paul.

This will leave Askren with a 50/50 chance of bagging a lucrative payday, but the former UFC star has seemingly accepted the offer wholeheartedly. Meanwhile, there are separate star believers in each other’s corner. Hence, it further intensifies the upcoming battle.

Jake Paul vs Ben Askren- The superstar supporters

Relying on Askren’s pro-fighting experience, UFC’s chief Dana White backed ‘Funky’ to defeat Paul inside the ring. He appeared on Mike Tyson’s Hotboxin’ podcast and even claimed that he would bet a million dollars on Askren’s win. While several fans have hesitated to back Ben Askren, White revealed his faith in his former employee.

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Meanwhile, rapper Snoop Dogg urged Dana White to double up the number and put $2 million on the plate, as he backed up Jake Paul to win. The rapper, who seemed to have analyzed both men’s fighting styles, believes that Paul will vanquish Askren.

As both men have their fair share of believers in the corner, they will pour it all in the ring, paving the way for an intriguing contest. Could Askren have his purse doubled, or will he have to donate his earnings to Paul’s choice of charity?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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