Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Fight Card Preview: 5 Fights That Really Matter

Published 04/05/2021, 10:00 AM EDT


Ben Askren’s boxing debut against Jake Paul on April 17 may not garner much attention from hardcore fight fans. Although the event has allured the entire television community, several fight-fans have still hesitated to bill it as an actual contest, citing it as mere entertainment.

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Meanwhile, the headliner will have some serious contests on its undercard. Even though the main event is far from being a relevant boxing matchup, some fights can rightfully set the stage for boxing fans. According to reports, there will be six undercard fights and each of them has its own tale.

Although most fans continue to talk about Jake Paul going against Ben Askren, here’s a preview of the other fights that will take place before the YouTuber and ex-MMA star take center stage.

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Jake Paul vs Ben Askren- The fight with boxing values

Among the six prevailing undercard fights, there is one more crossover that has excited the fans. Former MMA star Frank Mir will lace up the gloves and lock horns with former champion boxer Steve Cunningham. Meanwhile, hardcore active boxers like Regis Prograis would also set the stage on fire.

Regis Prograis vs Ivan Redkach

Two of the prime active boxers, Prograis and Redkach can bring complete boxing attention to the fight card. After suffering his maiden loss to Josh Taylor, Prograis returned to the win column by knocking out Juan Heraldez last October. As he will look to build on the KO, fans will be in for a treat on April 17.

On the other side, another southpaw in Redkach will have his chances of winning the bout. He boasts a pro record of 23 wins, 5 losses, and 1 draw. That said, Redkach’s resume falls short in front of Regis Prograis. However, he will have an opportunity to return to winning ways after losing to Danny Garcia over a year ago.

Joe Fournier vs Andres Felipe Robledo Londono

Undefeated boxer Joe Fournier will return to action in the undercard of Jake Paul vs Ben Askren, putting his clean record on the line against the debutant Andres Felipe Robledo Londono.

In 2016, Fournier walked away from the sport after putting together an 8-0 record. Hence, fans will be keen to see how he fares on his return to the professional ride nearly half a decade later.

Junior Younan vs Jeyson Minda

Following a sensational win over Derrick Findley in 2019, the undefeated Younan will re-embrace the boxing ring against Jeyson Minda. While the latter may not have an undefeated record under his name, Minda is an active boxer. So, he has all the chances of landing an upset.

However, he has lost his last three fights in a row. So, it clearly puts a doubt on his name, especially as he is going up against an undefeated prodigy. All the factors would intensify their upcoming in-ring collision for all the right reasons.

Lorenzo Simpson vs Francisco Torres

The fight card doesn’t have a deficiency in putting undefeated fighters on display. Akin to several others, another undefeated fighter, Lorenzo Simpson, will face Francisco Torres. 9-0 as a pro, Simpson fought five times in 2019, followed by three appearances in 2020. Given his impressive track record, he will rightfully be the favorite.

Meanwhile, Francisco Torres is on an eight-fight win streak at this stage. So, he can present some challenges to Simpson. Additionally, Torres also has more experience in his corner. Thus, it paves the perfect way for an intriguing battle between both men.

Quinton Randall vs William Jackson

Quinton Randall made his pro-debut in 2019 and competed in six bouts, winning all of them. However, he appeared only once in 2020 and currently holds a perfect record of 7-0. Meanwhile, his rival, William Jackson, has the experience of 17-fights with a record of 13 wins, 2 losses, and 2 draws.

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So, it’s another matchup between an unbeaten and a slightly more experienced boxer. All these bouts clearly cement a hardcore fight card, citing fireworks for the fans ahead.

Do you think Jake Paul vs Ben Askren event will be fruitful for the sport of boxing?

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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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