‘How Is There So Much Money in Boxing?’- Kevin Lee Raises Questions on Triller Fight Club

Published 04/19/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Kevin Lee celebrates his KO victory over Gregor Gillespie in their lightweight bout during the UFC 244 event at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC lightweight fighter Kevin Lee took to Twitter and voiced his views on the recent Triller Fight Club event. Jake Paul defeated Ben Askren via first-round KO and inched one step closer to truly legitimizing himself in the sport. Paul has moved to 3-0 as a professional and is staring down the barrel of lucrative match-ups.

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Chiefly, the aforementioned event was more like a spectacle than anything else. In between boxing bouts, there were several high-profile musical acts as well as a Slap boxing event featuring WWE icon Ric Flair. What’s more, Snoop Dogg, Justin Bieber, and the Black Keys were just some features that caught the attention of the viewers.

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)

Triller put together a blockbuster show, however, the magnitude of the event made people wonder about the funding. Furthermore, the base purse of the fighters was also revealed to be quite staggering. Jake Paul walked away with $690,000 and Ben Askren with $500,00 without PPV revenues.

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How is Triller Fight Club pulling it off?

Kevin Lee was one amongst many who pondered on Triller’s ability to pull off events of such an epic magnitude. The high pay-outs to not just the fighters, but also the performers meant that the organization has a significant monetary pool. While Lee wondered how Triller was putting things together, UFC welterweight Belal Muhammad chimed in with his own theory.

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Triller Fight Club has certainly announced itself as a force to be reckoned with in the combat sports world. With the success Jake Paul has attained, he’s set to be their home-grown star with tremendous box-office potential. What’s more, the crossover appeal that Triller has garnered brings the entire MMA community into the fold as well.

Speaking of MMA, several fighters from the UFC and Bellator MMA now have their eye on taking on Jake Paul. Dillon Danis, BJ Penn, and Tyron Woodley are just a few names who came out and are looking to quash Paul’s hype. There’s no question that based on the early success, the promotion will have a lot of mileage in the future.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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