Mike Tyson, Henry Cejudo, and Canelo Alvarez Assess Ben Askren’s Chances Against Jake Paul

Published 03/19/2021, 6:00 PM EDT
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 26: Ben Askren reacts to his submission loss to Demian Maia of Brazil in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Ben Askren and Jake Paul are just a few weeks away from battling each other. This fight has turned into a hot topic already and has accrued significant attention.

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Askren was on Paul’s checklist ever since his last win over Nate Robinson. And over the past few months, the duo has traded enough verbal jabs with each other, thus sending fight fans into a frenzy.

Askren vs Paul is an eye-catching event for 2021 and enormous bigwigs of the sport are waiting to see them collide.

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Recently, in the Hotboxin podcast ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’, Mike Tyson, Henry Cejudo, and Canelo Alvarez gave their opinions on this much-awaited contest.

Firstly, Tyson wasn’t aware of the opponent Paul is facing, so he confirmed the same from ‘Triple C’. Cejudo said, “Ben Askren, he’s a 2-time NCAA champion. He was actually my Olympic teammate in 2008.

“He’s a UFC fighter, but it didn’t go so well for him. But he’s also a troll. A guy likes to go on the internet and talk stuff. So is Jake Paul,”

Tyson then adds, “What’s so interesting about boxing like you get MMA guys got better hands, you can grab them. You throw faster, you’re harder, you’re like f**k he’s smart, hard to hit.”

‘Iron’ Mike felt that it’s easier for pro-boxers to take on MMA fighters as they have a better knack for reading the game. Moreover, many times MMA fighters dwell on their ground game and this doesn’t help them at all in the boxing vertical.

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Will Jake Paul overpower Ben Askren?

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Jake Paul only has 2 fights/wins to his name. Yet his heavy cruiserweight frame and power are absolutely worth the watch. However, the ‘Problem Child’ has only fought non-fighters until now and this will be the first time he’ll take someone on from the combat sports world.

It’ll be interesting to see what approach Paul chooses to tackle the former UFC star. He’s keen on rolling out a thunderous show for the fans and will root for a quick knockout win over ‘Funky’.

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Needless to say, this fight carries immense hype and seems a sure-shot entertainer for 2021. Who will you be rooting for in this fight?

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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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