Jake Paul Planning to Knock Ben Askren Out Faster Than Masvidal

Published 01/27/2021, 4:45 AM EST


Jake Paul will storm into the boxing ring yet again on April 17. Over the past few months, he has accrued massive limelight and topped the news headlines. The ‘Problem Child’ secured a sensational KO win over Nate Robinson in November 2020, and called out several MMA fighters post that.

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In his comeback fight, Paul will face one such opponent from his checklist, Ben Askren.

Since that call out from Paul, the duo has traded verbal barbs on multiple occasions and they’ll finally settle their dispute on the scheduled fight date. In a chat with Ariel Helwani, Paul detailed how he wishes to knock out Ben Askren on April 17.

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“I started boxing two years ago and I’m still going to knock his a** out faster than (Jorge) Masvidal… The world complained because I knocked out a basketball player and not a real fighter. So now I’m giving the people what they want by taking on a ‘real fighter’.”

After Ben Askren is added to my knockout meme collection, what can anybody say?” said Paul.

The combat sports universe witnessed the mighty 5 seconds KO that ‘Gamebred’ landed on Askren. To date, it’s the most stunning knockout the sport has ever seen.

Jul 6, 2019; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jorge Masvidal (red gloves) punches Ben Askren (blue gloves) as referee Jason Herzog stops the fight at T-Mobile Arena. Jorge Masvidal set a new record for the fastest knockout in UFC history with five seconds. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Paul wishes to mete out the same treatment with Askren in his next outing. Given his track record, his choice of opponent, and the fact that he will be the one with more experience in a boxing match, it may be on the cards.

Can Jake Paul abide by his statement?

In just 2 professional fights of his career, Paul has gathered vast fame and glory. The cruiserweight sensation has ended both his fights in the first 2 rounds, and he wishes to continue the streak. However, his previous outings have been against non-fighters and on the flip side, Askren is one highly experienced MMA fighter.

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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 ‘Funky’ was an elite grappler, but his striking was an underrated facet of his game. It may be suspect, but securing a five-second KO may be one of the toughest challenges for the ‘Problem Child’.

What do you make of Jake Paul’s comments?

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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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