Jake Paul Calls Out Dustin Poirier For a Sparring Session

Published 01/27/2021, 12:17 AM EST
MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 30: Jake Paul looks on after defeating AnEsonGib in a first round knockout during their fight at Meridian at Island Gardens on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)


The highly debatable YouTuber turned boxer, Jake Paul, is finally lined up for his third professional boxing bout. He will contend with the former UFC welterweight, Ben Askren, in an 8-round clash. The duo will collide on April 17, and Paul is already charged up for this contest.

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In an interview with Ariel Helwani, ‘The Problem Child’ called out UFC’s staunch lightweight, Dustin Poirier, for a sparring session. He believes touching gloves with the ‘Diamond’ can immensely help him ahead of his upcoming bout with Askren.

Paul said, “I don’t respect a lot of MMA fighters. Like even watching Poirier, he did a great job against McGregor, and he’s in South Florida and so I am putting it out there, I would love Poirier, I’d love to spar you in boxing.”

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Poirier recently put on a cracking display to beat Conor McGregor at UFC 257. He handed the Irishman his first career loss by T/KO. The YouTuber acknowledged the same in the above interview. He got vastly impressed by the ‘Diamond’s ability to trade punches in the octagon and felt that a sparring session with the latter can help him polish his own skill sets onto the next level.

He continued, “You (Poirier) can help me with my fight for Askren. But, I don’t know, I am just not impressed with these guys in boxing at all.”

Poirier hasn’t responded to Paul’s callout for a session yet, but the 24-year-old will be optimistic to apply a bit of ‘The Diamond’s’ prowess in the ring against Askren.

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Can Jake Paul add another T/KO win to his boxing resume?

Until now, Paul has fought twice and floored both his opponents. He is a young boxer who showcases dynamic skill sets. Ever since his victory over NBA star Nate Robinson, the ‘Problem Child’ called out Ben Askren, coupled with Conor McGregor and Dillon Danis. He has expressed magnificent interest in taking on MMA fighters inside the squared circle.

He has a colossal frame and exuberant knockout power, which puts him as an undeniable favorite in this fight against ‘Funky’ who is primarily a grappler.

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MIAMI, FLORIDA – JANUARY 30: Jake Paul celebrates after defeating AnEsonGib in a first round knockout during their fight at Meridian at Island Gardens on January 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Askren has his own watch-worthy skill sets, but competing against a boxer who fights multiple weight classes above his prime division will be a rugged challenge for him.

This fight is unquestionably one of the biggest events of 2021, and the superior striker among the two will prevail on April 17.

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Should Poirier offer Paul a spar session? What did you make of ‘The Problem Child’s’ request?

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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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