Was Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Stopped Early?

Published 08/14/2021, 8:24 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 26: Ben Askren (R) shoves Jake Paul as they face off during a news conference for Triller Fight Club’s inaugural 2021 boxing event at The Venetian Las Vegas on March 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Paul and Askren will face each other in the main event that will take place on April 17, 2021, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775638153 ORIG FILE ID: 1309340730


In April, Jake Paul knocked out retired mixed martial artist and wrestling specialist, Ben Askren. Defeating an actual professional fighter helped him marginally elevate his status in the boxing community.

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Right from the get-go, Jake Paul seemed like the more active and dominant fighter. A minute and 59 seconds into round 1, Jake Paul shook the world of combat sports by knocking out and dropping Ben Askren on the canvas.

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While Jake Paul won the fight, fans have argued that it was an early stoppage and that the referee should not have stopped the fight. Even Ben Askren felt he did not understand the referee’s decision to call off the fight.

I thought I was fine, but whatever, that’s his job. If that’s what he felt, that’s what he did,said Ben Askren after the fight.

Since then, many have called the referee’s decision fixed and rigged, but was it really an early stoppage?

Jake Paul vs Ben Askren: Was it an early stoppage?

Jake Paul started off strong and kept landing constant jabs on his opponent. He clearly knew his way around capitalizing on his natural size and reach advantage over Askren. The Ohio native did not allow his opponent to close in and fight from inside the pocket. At one point, Askren attempted to advance and strike, and Paul skillfully backed up while creating angles to avoid locking himself in the corner.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – APRIL 17: Jake Paul and Ben Askren face off in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for Triller)

Ben Askren’s defense was next to negligible in the fight. Jake Paul had picked up on this loophole in his game plan right from the start. 1 minute and 59 seconds into the first round, Paul saw Askren with a weak guard, landed a sharp left jab, and followed it up with an overhand right. This dropped Ben Askren on the ground right away. As soon as he stood back up, the referee took another look at him and immediately called off the fight.

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)

The referee always has the final say inside the ring at all times. They have a superior understanding and ability to assess the situation and the damages before calling off a fight. Jake Paul had seriously hurt Ben Askren with the two-punch combination, and he clearly looked dazed after standing back up. If the referee would have allowed him to continue, the Ohio native would have easily hurt him once again as Askren clearly lacked control and composure.

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Looking at the highlights, do you think the referee made the right call?

 

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Sanjit Misra

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Sanjit Misra is a boxing author at EssentiallySports. Sanjit fused this passion for writing with his love for jabs, hooks, weaves, and uppercuts and entered the realm of boxing journalism. The elegance, the science, the techniques, and the finesse of hand-to-hand combat was what initially drew him into the world of boxing.

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