VIDEO: Pete Davidson and Ben Askren Trash ‘Sh*tbag’ Jake Paul in the Lockeroom

Published 04/18/2021, 12:20 AM EDT


The Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren bout was one of the most highly anticipated fights of the year so far. The two fighters went at it during the build-up and created excitement towards the event. And as the undercard kicked off, this continued, but with a special guest.

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Pete Davidson, Comedian, and the host of Saturday Night Live joined the telecast and added fuel to the fire between the two fighters. Askren and Paul had engaged in several verbal battles throughout the lead-up to the fight, and now Davidson joined ‘Funky’ in trashing ‘The Problem Child’.

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Davidson joined the 19-2 fighter in his dressing room ahead of the fight and asked him, “Do you think Jake Paul is ‘Askren’ for it?” Askren saw the funny side of it, and it showed that the former MMA champion was in a relaxed mood before the fight.

‘Funky’ then spoke about Jake Paul and said, “Even if Jake Paul is a decent fighter, he’s a still a sh*tbag as a human being.” This showed that Askren did not hold back from lashing out at the internet sensations even moments before his fight.

The famous host then agreed and replied, “Exactly, and that’s what we’re trying to get, you know, the message through to the kids, that he is a piece of sh*t.”

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Why did Pete Davidson join Ben Askren in criticizing Jake Paul?

These comments from both Davidson and Askren showed their mutual dislike towards Paul. And while Askren had his reasons to dislike the YouTuber turned boxer, why did Pete Davidson join the former MMA champion?

The reality is that it’s all promotions for the fight. Davidson joined Jake Paul before he met Askren and told him he was backing him to beat ‘Funky’. Therefore, this was all part of the entertainment and build-up for the main event.

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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)

Davidson was fulfilling his role as the instigator, while Askren used the opportunity to take some more digs at his opponent. Thus, there is no bad blood between the famous host and the YouTuber turned professional boxer.

What do you make of Pete Davidson joining Ben Askren in trashing Jake Paul? Do you think it’s all part of the show?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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