Viddal Riley Says Ben Askren Is Not Making It Out of the First Round Against Jake Paul

Published 03/08/2021, 10:00 AM EST
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 has all the fighting accolades that bill him to be a superior combatant than Jake Paul. However, his upcoming fight with the Internet star would be a boxing match, and looking at Askren’s striking abilities, not many have posed their favor on him.

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In an MMA career at multiple organizations, Askren has been a world champion at Bellator and One. But he has always struggled against top-level striking, claiming most of his wins with wrestling abilities. Meanwhile, Jake Paul has been super active with his boxing stints and is already 2-0 in the pro circuit.

British boxer, Viddal Riley, has recently analyzed Askren’s striking skills to preview the upcoming cruiserweight matchup. He looked at a few stances and jabs, before claiming that Ben Askren wouldn’t survive more than three minutes against ‘The Problem Child’.

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The undefeated Brit said, “That was just a little two-punch combination, that looked good, but compared to the rest of it, he is done for and I am making my prediction right now. Ben Askren is not making it out the first round.”

He added, “I can’t see him making it out the first three minutes with that, those hands being the threat to an opponent. It’s hardly any and I can’t see him getting him out the first round.”

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Jake Paul, currently on a first-round KO streak, has vowed to advance the trail by taking out ‘Funky’ within one round. Meanwhile, Ben Askren has claimed to end the show within the first three rounds. That said, only an in-ring collision can bring the answers to the fans.

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The eight-round main event cruiserweight clash will happen in Georgia, in the USA. Broadcasting partner Triller will telecast the fight live with Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission as the spear header.

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Both the fighters have already taken brutal digs at each other on social media. From outing each other’s faces on the punching bags to talking trash about personal things, they have turned it vile amongst each other. While it intensifies their upcoming collision, we can expect Jake Paul and Ben Askren to appear in their best shape in the coming days.

Do you think Ben Askren can vanquish Jake Paul?

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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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