Jake Paul vs Ben Askren: Live streaming results, round by round, how to watch online, PPV price, start time, full card info
Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren: Fight prediction, odds, card, expert picks, preview for boxing showdown
Jake Paul returns to the boxing ring tonight to face former MMA standout Ben Askren in the main event of a Triller Fight Club pay-per-view show, which starts at 9 pm ET.
Two free bouts will air on Fite TV at 8 pm ET, and we’ll be here from that time with live updates from the show, which will also feature various musical performances and who knows what else.
We’ll have round-by-round updates for the Jake Paul vs Ben Askren fight, which will be the last in the ring for the evening. We’ll also have highlights and updates for the full show before then in this stream, which will refresh on its own for you:
Along with Paul vs Askren, we’ll see former 140 lb titlist Regis Prograis face Ivan Redkach in a 10-round bout; former cruiserweight titleholder Steve Cunningham face ex-UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir in Mir’s boxing debut; and Joe Fournier against Reykon in a six-round light heavyweight fith.
MMA Fighting has Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren live blog for round-by-round updates for one of the most anticipated boxing fights of the year.
The main event will start a little after 11:30 p.m. ET. Check out our Paul vs. Askren results page to find out what happened on the undercard. Jake Paul (2-0) welcomes former MMA champion Ben Askren (0-0) to the squared circle in this contest.
Jake Paul became a viral sensation with his impressive first-round knockout of Nate Robinson in his last outing on the undercard of the Tyson vs. Jones Jr. exhibition. Askren hasn’t competed in combat sports since Oct. 26, 2019 when he lost via technical submission to Demian Maia. Askren announced his MMA retirement a month later.
Although a middleweight titlist is defending his title on DAZN and a former junior middleweight belt-holder is competing in prime time on Fox, most of the oxygen in the boxing world this week has been consumed by the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren match that will be on Triller PPV on Saturday night. Yes, it’s a YouTube star taking on a former MMA standout. But fans and observers have gotten consumed by the matchup, anyway. Here’s everything you need to know about Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren, including the odds, their records and a prediction on who will win.
The amount of trash talk that’s been waged between Paul and Askren almost certainly will be more skilled than what actually occurs in the ring. Paul has knocked out his two professional opponents—fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib and former NBA star Nate Robinson—but both of them had barely any boxing experience. And sure, Askren found big success in the MMA cage, but he’s never been in a boxing match before and striking was never his forte anyway.
But their war of words has been somewhat entertaining.
“This guy’s striking is that of a grandma,” Paul said during a press conference. “Quite literally, if I put a grandma in against Jorge Masvidal, she would have lasted longer than this guy … I’m going to end this guy’s career.
Though Askren did get knocked out by Masvidal in five seconds during their 2019 UFC match, he had an interesting retort.
Said Askren, “Jake, if you and I ran in to each other in the back alley of Las Vegas, and I wanted to do a homicide, I would do a homicide on you.”
Having said that, here’s more info on the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren showdown that U.S. viewers can watch via Fite TV or on PPV beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
Hate it or love it, one of the year’s most talked-about combat sports events is going down this weekend and no matter how much you want to ignore it, there’s a good chance that you’ll at least take 30 seconds on Sunday to find out who emerged victorious when an inexperienced 24-year-old YouTube star put on the gloves to box a retired 36-year-old wrestling and MMA champion. That’s right, it’s time for us to have a serious discussion about this fight.
The good news for you readers—whether you be hardcore or casual or someone who wandered here by accident after some cursed algorithm send you down a Paul wormhole—is that you don’t have to wait until tonight to find out the winner because MMA Fighting’s Alexander K. Lee and Jed Meshew are here to break down what will happen.
Will Askren send a pretending Paul packing, or will Paul back up his bluster and hand Askren an asskicking that many predicted when this matchup was first announced?
Paul has said all the right things about dedicating himself to boxing over the past two and a half years. Askren was on the losing end of a wildly entertaining and sloppy standup fight against fellow grappling specialist Demian Maia. The possibility of Paul turning Askren into a viral clip like he did to Nate Robinson felt as distinct as any other outcome.
But I’ve thought about it now and I’ve removed the wool from my eyes. I won’t be bamboozled by this new age huckster any longer. I’m appealing to logic. Paul is a professional fighter by the strictest definition of the term and has never actually fought a professional fighter. Askren has been involved in combat sports for the majority of his life and trained with people 100 times more talented than Paul.
I don’t know exactly how he’s going to do this, but I’m warming to the idea that Askren gets inside, clinches up, makes this ugly, frustrates Paul, and wears him down with his veteran tricks. Paul has fought to the fifth round once as an amateur before turning pro, but again that was against some other YouTube jockey. Going eight rounds with an actual fighter, one who is proven to have a good gas tank? That’s going to be a nightmare for this wannabe.
The questions surrounding Askren’s chin are puzzling to me, even given that Askren is technically retired and a few months shy of 37. This guy survived haymakers from Robbie frigging Lawler and he’s supposed to be worried about Paul? I understand there’s a big difference between striking defense in MMA and striking defense in boxing, but how hard could Paul possibly hit? More importantly, how many clean shots is he going to land against someone who actually has a basic grasp of martial arts techniques?
The Paul vs. Askren start time, TV schedule for the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren event at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday night. The fight card is broken into two different parts. This post will help explain which fights are airing where and at which times.
The two meet in a boxing bout that headlines a Triller Fight Club event in Atlanta on Saturday and their base salaries for the heavily-hyped matchup were disclosed to MMA Fighting on Friday by the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission. Paul is set to make $690,000, while Askren’s pay starts at $500,000.
It is not yet known what percentage of the pay-per-view profits each fighter will receive, nor what other bonuses they are eligible for.
Super lightweight Regis Prograis leads the list of disclosed salaries at $850,000, while his opponent Ivan Redkach will receive $250,000 for the co-main event bout.
Jake Paul and Ben Askren showed up at about the same weight, but in notably different physical condition ahead of Saturday night’s Triller Fight Club PPV main event.
Paul (2-0, 2 KO) weighed in at 191½ while Askren, making his boxing debut, weighed in at 191.
But Askren, the 36-year-old former MMA standout, was soft and had what Paul described as a “beer belly,” while the 24-year-old YouTuber was fit and in shape as he usually is. He’s a good bit taller than Askren, too.
I thought Jake Paul’s cheerleading squad was quite rude,” a seemingly indifferent Askren joked in his interview with Ray Flores. “We’ve got the legendary Michael Buffer up here, these motherfuckers are interrupting him. That was terrible! Rude, guys!”
I see a guy who’s underestimating me. I see a guy who’s taking this as a joke. I see a guy who said, ‘I have to take a shit’ in the face-off,” Paul said. “This is the last 24 hours that we will all have to hear Ben Askren. This one means a lot to me.”
Paul dedicated the fight to his bodyguard “Shadow,” who passed away, and said of Askren, “I don’t think he makes it out of two rounds. I mean, look at the guy. He’s got a beer belly. Clearly didn’t take training camp seriously. Look we all did the talking, we did the entertainment shit, but now it’s time to let the fists fly.”
Askren then made a joke about Paul’s hairline after Paul left the stage.