VIDEO: Jake Paul Knocks Ben Askren’s Hat Off His Head as They Meet Unexpectedly

Published 03/27/2021, 3:18 AM EDT


Ben Askren and Jake Paul got into a heated confrontation as the duo met unexpectedly. The athletes were set for a Triller Press-conference ahead of their proposed fight on April 17th. The press-conference was entertaining itself, but their animosity wasn’t reserved for the scheduled events as their impromptu interaction didn’t disappoint fans.

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Askren was resting on a table along with his wife, Amy, as Paul arrived with a crew of his own and knocked ‘Funky’s’ hat off his head. “You’re super creative with your Instagram as people think it’s f**king jokes. Hilarious buddy, you old as f**k. Stand up straight while I’m talking to you bro slouching,” Paul said to ‘Funky’.

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Askren was really chill, sitting there as he was enjoying the offerings from ‘The Problem Child’. He didn’t provide any sort of response until Paul went away with his crew. “It’s definitely over the six-person bubble,” said Askren hilariously referring to Paul’s crew.

Ben Askren celebrates after beating Robbie Lawler in a welterweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 235, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Askren has a trash-talking ability that very few fighters can match. ‘The Problem Child’ has his own way to rile people up too. However, it seems like ‘Funky’ got the better of Paul as the YouTuber was visibly frustrated with Askren not reacting to his attacks at all.

Ben Askren vs Jake Paul: what to expect from the fight?

Neither contestant is a professional boxer. However, Paul has a padded undefeated record inside the squared ring, albeit against non-fighters. Askren is the first fighter of any kind that he will be fighting.

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)

Also, Askren is not someone who thrives on the striking aspect of combat sports, let alone boxing. So, it’s hard to guess what to expect from those two men when they collide. It’s not going to be the most technical bout, and combat fans can expect things to get sloppy. Regardless, it will be an entertaining event for sure and fans will be tuning in to watch.

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Who are you rooting for to win? ‘Funky’ or ‘The Problem Child‘? Let us know your pick.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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