Jake Paul Claims His Fight With Ben Askren Was “Tenth Biggest” PPV of the Decade

Published 07/17/2021, 5:30 PM EDT


Jake Paul recently appeared on the ‘BFFs with Dave Portnoy and Josh Richards’ podcast. On discussing his bittersweet association with the boxing community, Dave Portnoy pointed out all of that helps the PPV numbers. While highlighting the pay-per-view performance of the Jake Paul- Ben Askren fight, the influencer-turned-boxer said that it is now the “tenth biggest” boxing PPV event in a decade.

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I think it was like the tenth biggest Pay-Per-View, I think of the decade,” said Jake Paul.

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In April, Jake Paul claimed that his fight with Ben Askren generated 1.5 million pay-per-view sales. If his claims are accurate, that fight would have outperformed some of the top ten UFC events. Few events over Paul’s fight with Askren would be Conor McGregor‘s UFC 229, UFC 202, UFC 257, and UFC 264. If the 1.5 million sales figure reported by Jake Paul is true, it truly is an impressive feat for the 24-year-old.

“They’re full of s**t”: Dana White on Jake Paul PPV claims

Dana White has denied Jake Paul and Triller’s reported PPV figures. In an interview at UFC 261, Dana White shared he is not buying any of Paul’s claims. White praised Jake Paul for making some money; however, he doubled down on his claim and reiterated his stance on the Paul-Askren reported PPV figures.

Las Vegas , United States – 6 October 2018; UFC President Dana White during the post fight press conference following UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

 

“The numbers that you’re hearing that they did are full of s**t. They’re full of s**t. They didn’t pull those kinds of numbers at all. Not even f**king close,” said the UFC President.

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I don’t believe anything they say. That’s a f**king circus. None of that’s real. You think any of that s**t that’s going on over there is real?” Dana White added.

Some might think that Dana White’s opinion might be biased because of his internal rivalry with Paul. However, it is not just him who has questioned these claims. Even boxing legend Mike Tyson accused Triller of faking PPV numbers for the Paul-Askren fight. On the Hotboxin’ podcast episode with Ali Abdelaziz, both Tyson and his guest agreed that realistically, the fight could not have performed well enough to have generated 1.5 million PPV sales.

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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