Internet Sensation KSI Reacts to Ben Askren’s Latest Boxing Skills – Discusses Askren’s Chances of Taming ‘The Problem Child’

Published 03/29/2021, 12:00 PM EDT


Olajide Olatunji, more commonly known as KSI, is one of the biggest YouTubers from the UK. However, the Englishman is also one of the first YouTubers to enter the boxing ring and kick-started the idea of internet sensations entering the boxing ring.

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KSI’s two fights against Logan Paul were the start of a long-standing rivalry between him and the American YouTubers. And after the press-conference between Jake Paul and Ben Askren, KSI gave his honest opinion on their fight.

MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 29: Jake Paul during the weigh-in for Miami Fight Night on January 29, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Paul will fight AnEsonGib in a match at Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami on January 30. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

The 1-0-1 YouTuber turned boxer spoke about the press conference on his YouTube Channel and admitted that Jake Paul looked a lot bigger than Askren. KSI then reacted to the former MMA champion’s boxing skills and said,

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“It doesn’t look great. My man’s not really using his body for the punches, it’s no hit, but it’s all just arms. It’s all just arms.” 

This comment showed KSI believes ‘Funky’ doesn’t have the boxing technique to beat ‘The Problem Child’.

This is an opinion shared by the vast majority of boxing fans. Even in Askren’s MMA days, he relied heavily on his wrestling. Therefore, a boxing fight will be an enormous challenge.

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KSI explains how Ben Askren could beat Jake Paul

The YouTuber made no secret of his pessimism regarding Askren’s boxing skills. Therefore, he indirectly accepted that Paul would beat Askren if the two traded blows. So how could ‘Funky’ get the win over ‘The Problem Child’?

KSI broke it down and said, “I’m hoping Ben just smothers him and contains Jake’s punches. Because if that’s the case, Jake’s going to tire out and Ben is going to win by default.” 

The internet sensation then begged ‘Funky’ Ben to do the world a favor and knock out Jake Paul.

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Despite his years of experience in combat sports, Askren goes into the bout as an underdog. However, the former UFC welterweight will hope to prove the world wrong on April 17.

What do you make of these comments from KSI? Do you think Ben Askren’s best chance against Jake Paul is to tire him out?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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