Jake Paul faces Ben Askren on April 17th
By Matt Lieberman: Popular YouTuber Jake Paul will be looking to pick up his third career win against former UFC fighter Ben Askren on April 17th. The unbeaten 24-year-old Paul (2-0, 2 KOs), who fights at cruiserweight, feels that a victory over the 36-year-old retired MMA fighter Askren will validate him as a serious boxing talent.
Fans aren’t impressed with Jake’s choice of opponent in Askren, as he came from an extensive wrestling background in high and college, and he never showed an aptitude for stand up fighting in the UFC.
Fans want to see Jake Paul fight boxers
Indeed, some boxing fans believe that Askren had the worst stand-up fighting skills among all the fighters in the UFC. That’s something impossible to gauge. What we do know is Askren isn’t young at 36, he’s retired, and he lost his last two fights in the UFC to Demian Maia and Jorge Masvidal.
It’s likely that Jake Paul won’t lose any sleep about fans thinking he’s of a joke when it comes to boxing. Jake appears only interested in hustling fights against popular UFC guys, YouTubers, and former basketball players to make money and increase his followers on Youtube.
If Jake was serious about boxing, he would be fighting professional boxers, not combing the ranks of the UFC to hand-pick fighters with poor to mediocre fistic skills.
“I started boxing two years ago, and I’m still going to knock his a** out faster than [Jorge] Masvidal,” said Jake Paul to @ArielHelwani. “The world complained because I knocked out a basketball player [Nate Robinson] 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 Jake.
Paul’s comment about “giving the people what they want” is a little off the mark, as this isn’t a fight that the fans want. The boxing public isn’t demanding that Jake Paul fight a washed-up former UFC fighter Askren in a boxing match.
Fans want to see Jake fight actual boxers, preferably ones ranked in the top 15 at cruiserweight. But at this point, Jake would receive a lot of credit if he were to face a good second-tier cruiserweight or super middleweight.
Even an over-the-hill retired former boxer would be an excellent fight for Jake.
Good future options for Jake Paul
Who wouldn’t want to see Jake Paul take on retired former world champions Carl Froch, Nigel Benn, Joe Calzaghe, Bernard Hopkins, Roy Jones Jr, or David Haye?
Those would be interesting fights to see how Jake would do against old-timers from the 168, 175, and 200-lb weight classes. Even though Jake has excellent punching power, it’s hard to imagine him beating any of those older boxers.
Internet personality turned pro boxer Jake Paul will fight former UFC fighter Ben Askren in an eight-round pro boxing match on April 17, Triller Founder Ryan Kavanaugh told @arielhelwani. pic.twitter.com/wenLBL8Msu
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