Mike Tyson Accuses Triller of Lying About Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren PPV Numbers

Published 05/25/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JULY 25: Mike Tyson speaks onstage during the “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truthts” panel discussion at the HBO portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour – Day 2 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 25, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)


On April 17, Jake Paul and Ben Askren took each other on in a full-fledged boxing bout on Triller’s fight card. This fight became a hot topic ever since its announcement, and it was bound to fetch massive eyeballs for the Paul vs Askren boxing bout. As a result, this fight stayed true to the hype, and it accrued gigantic attention from fans and fighters around the world. Also, it generated around 1.5 million PPV buys.

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But ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ Mike Tyson certainly feels that these numbers aren’t true. Recently, on his Hotboxin podcast, Tyson discussed the same with renowned MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz and Henry Cejudo. Tyson said, “They didn’t get that many PPVs.”

Sponsoring his notions, Ali Abdelaziz said, “No, they’re lying. There lying is a form of promotion right. But you can’t lie like that. Because when you lie like that, I’m gonna be like, my fighters, you have to pay Jake Paul $40-$50 million because you said 1.5 (PPV numbers).”

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“But they created a fake hype, but fake hype can’t last for so long, right? You have to be honest when you do business, right?”

Tyson and Abdelaziz stayed on the same page while discussing this entire scenario. Moreover, both of them felt that realistically, the Askren vs Paul fight hasn’t done so well to bag extensive PPV numbers.

Jake Paul leaves Triller for Showtime Sports

‘The Problem Child’ has sent shock waves in the fight world ever since he made his first boxing stepping. He still holds just 3 fights/wins to his name, but Paul wants to escalate his career and expand his fan base to a great extent.

That said, Paul has now collaborated with Showtime Sports, thus breaking off his deal with Triller.

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul celebrates after defeating Ben Askren in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images for Triller)

Furthermore, Paul’s next fights will be under Showtime’s banner and he’s expected to make his ring walk soon.

The YouTuber turned boxer enjoyed a short, yet sublime, run with Triller. But due to some uncertainties, both the parties had to part ways.

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With that, it’ll be interesting to see how Triller ropes in another boxing stars under its banner because its predominant face, Jake Paul, has now found a new home in Showtime.

What do you make of Tyson and Ali’s conversation?

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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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