ake Paul, acclaimed youtuber in the United States, will seek to spend his third professional boxing fight with a victory in what would be one of his most notorious duels after being recognized by all the fans as a challenging fighter after his fight with former basketball player Nate Robinson in Mike Tyson’s return evening and that his work as a content creator does not make him a weak rival.
The expeller of mixed martial arts, Ben Askren , in all his statements, have affirmed to send “to the canvas” his competitor, which is why the spirits of this fight are heated. Although the strictness of sanitary regulations in the US has been reduced and the Mercedes Benz Stadium could fill 20% of its maximum capacity of 71 thousand spectators, the delay in vaccination and the rapid spread of variants of the coronavirus already it cannot count on spectators. However, Triller Fight Club changed its strategy and organized a golden ticket raffle for only 100 winners, who will be able to see Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Justin Bieber , among others live.
Jake Paul will risk his reputation in a professional boxing bout against former MMA fighter Ben Askren in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The YouTube star has spent months trash-talking the decorated wrestler, with the pair coming to blows at a fiery press conference ahead of the bout at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Paul has fought twice professionally in the past, debuting with a victory over fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib before he knocked out former NBA player Nate Robinson inside two rounds. “I see myself as an elite fighter right now,” Paul said. “A young prospect with a lot of motivation, a lot of hunger and I think people see me as [an] amateur. There’s sort of a big difference and there’s a big gap in between where I’m actually at and what the general audience will think, but I’m excited again to show my ability again on Saturday, against Ben who is a world-class fighter.”
Askren, 37, retired from mixed martial arts after he went 1-2 in the UFC, and was famously on the receiving end of the fastest knockout in UFC history when he was defeated by Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the fight this weekend.The Paul vs Askren main card gets underway at 9pm ET in Atlanta on Saturday 17 April, which is 2am GMT on the morning of Sunday 18 April in the UK. The main event isn’t expected to take place until 4am GMT.
The fight is being shown live on online streaming site FITE TV in the UK. It is PPV and is available for £17.Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir makes his boxing debut against ex-boxing star Steve Cunningham in what should be an intriguing clash.
Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren (Cruiserweight)
Regis Prograis vs. Ivan Redkach (Light welterweight)
Steve Cunningham vs. Frank Mir (Heavyweight)
Joe Fournier vs. Reykon (Light heavyweight)
Junior Younan vs. Jeyson Minda (Super middleweight)
Lorenzo Simpson vs. Francisco Torres (Middleweight)
Quinton Randall vs. William Jackson (Welterweight)
Jake Paul: “You f****d up, Ben by taking this fight. April 17, I promised my team, my family, my brother who is there right next to you right now, I promise to make you go down as history as the world’s worst UFC fighter.
Ben Askren: “We haven’t seen anything.
“The level of his competition was so low that it was almost impossible to tell if he is actually good at this.
“If there is one thing people respect about all fighters it’s the toughness to deal with adversity in battle and we have not seen that out of him.
“I don’t think he was hit hard by either one of those guys. They were so incredibly terrible at boxing. So we haven’t seen anything out of him yet.”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.When Regis Prograis attended the Logan Paul vs. KSI fight in 2019, he wasn’t convinced a matchup between a couple of YouTube stars qualified as great news for the sport of boxing. Nineteen months later, though, Prograis is fully on board with the trend. So much so that Prograis is fighting Ivan Redkach on the undercard of Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren, and the former 140-pound titlist is cool with being the opening act for a couple of boxing neophytes.
It’s because Prograis now understands the potential power of the Paul brothers fighting in front of hundreds of thousands (or millions) of people on streaming services and in packed arenas.
Logan Paul vs. KSI was never going to be a technical masterpiece. Heck, it was barely boxing at all. But in Los Angeles’ Staples Center that night, Prograis felt the excitement. He saw young kids running around without any adult supervision nearby. He watched the arena fill with about 12,000 fans. He witnessed the power of mega-popular YouTubers who could bring plenty of new eyes to the sport.
“I was excited about it after I left the fight,” Prograis told me recently. “It was fun to watch. I kind of changed my mind from how I felt before. They’re bringing different eyes to the sport. You’ve got little kids running around and watching. I’m kind of all for it now. It was a whole different atmosphere. It was like a nice night out. It was kind of like a concert.”
That, Prograis said, might be what boxing needs. With the exception of a few fighters, boxers like Manny Pacquiao and Canelo Alvarez, most boxing matches are just matches. They’re not necessarily events. But Prograis will certainly be part of an event on Saturday on the Triller app.
Aside from the novelty of Paul, a YouTube star who has knocked out his two opponents in his pro career, and Askren, a former MMA standout who is making his boxing debut, Triller will also feature musical performances by Justin Bieber, The Black Keys, Doja Cat, Snoop Dog and Ice Cube. If you watched Triller’s previous boxing production, the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. exhibition, it was unlike just about any previous boxing telecast you might have seen before.
There were multiple hip-hop music performances. There were different camera angles. There was a crispness to the broadcast. At times, it felt cinematic. More than 1.5 million reportedly bought that card on PPV. Maybe that figure won’t be repeated on Saturday, but Paul has his group of fans and Askren has his. And plenty of people will spend the $50 to watch it all on PPV.
Prograis (25-1, 21 KOs), who will make an $850,000 purse, wants to help cash in on the eyeballs who could be watching him for the first time.