Ryan Garcia Stuns With His Prediction for Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren

Published 04/17/2021, 2:54 AM EDT
MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 30: Jake Paul looks on against AnEsonGib during their fight at Meridian at Island Gardens on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)


The upcoming collision between former UFC star Ben Askren and newly turned professional boxer Jake Paul seems to have split the combat world into two halves. Both men have gathered viable believers on board and are ready to step up against each other on April 17.

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While several professional fighters have backed Ben Askren to stage a successful boxing debut, WBC Interim 135 1bs champion Ryan Garcia has favored Jake Paul to win the fight. He didn’t write off Askren’s chances and envisioned him going to the distance with ‘The Problem Child’.

‘King Ry’ also pictured a tough fight for Jake Paul, as he will face a professional fighter for the first time in his career. Nevertheless, he previewed a Knockout coming from Jake Paul in the later rounds of the fight.

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Speaking with Overtime, the 22-year said, “Jake Paul has been taking boxing pretty seriously for last three years. He is going in with the mindset and that he wants to win, he is training his butt off and Ben (Askren), I see man he is a good guy, very honest guy. He has fight experience, he was on my podcast- Fierce Talks.”

Ryan Garcia added, “Jake Paul vs Ben Askren, I see this fight almost to the distance. I believe Jake Paul is going to knock him out. It will be in one of the last few rounds. But this is going to be not such an easy fight for Jake.”

As we walk closer to the fight, several factors keep intensifying the matchup. The weigh-ins are over and now an in-ring collision can only settle the doubts.

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A few months back, no one envisioned seeing a fight between them. However, Ben Askren seemingly couldn’t refuse the lucrative offer. Now, the eight rounds cruiserweight main event is official after both fighters successfully made weight, and ‘Funky’ will get his fight purse without any deductions.

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SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 26: Ben Askren stands in his corner prior to his welterweight bout against Demian Maia of Brazil 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)

According to reports, he will be paid $500,000 from the fight, excluding the PPV cuts. So, Askren’s total income from the fight is expected to be around a million. However, a win will be priceless.

What did you make of Ryan Garcia’s prediction?

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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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