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Jake Paul To Face Ben Askren
I can't believe I am actually writing about Jake Paul being a boxer but here I am. After knocking out basketball all-star Nate Robison in his last fight, he is set to fight Ben Askren on April 17th. If you think you remember Ben from somewhere, you probably do, after him getting knocked out in the UFC by legend Jorge Masvidal went viral. Jorge knocked out Ben less than 5 seconds into the first round with a flying knee straight to the head. Ben’s next fight was against Demian Maia, who won the fight in the third round by a rear naked choke. Then Ben retired completely from the UFC. It has just been over a year since Ben has fought and he is changing to boxing to fight a former YouTuber.
As we saw with the Nate Robison fight, it is not as easy as it looks to switch sports no matter how good of shape you are in and clearly doesn't matter if you are a professional athlete or not. Once you step into that ring, who you are, what you have done up until that point, or who supports you clearly does not matter. You can get knocked out cold and you will have to live with that forever. The fight between Ben and Jake should be compelling because it's not a boxer vs a boxer, it's an ex YouTuber and an ex UFC fighter going head to head.
Watching Jake's last fight, we can tell that he is taking his fighting seriously but Ben isn't a lazy chump with no fight experience at all. Ben has won 19 fights as a UFC fighter, 6 by TKO, 6 by submission, and 7 by decision and only has 2 losses. This guy knows how to fight and knows how to win. Ben is also getting paid more money for this fight then he's ever been paid in the UFC. Even though Ben isn't a professional boxer when looking at the money aspect of things, it's clearly one of the motivations behind taking the to fight Jake Paul.
Given that Ben was a professional UFC fighter and won the first 17 of his 19 matches when fighting, I will have to pick Ben over Jake in this matchup. Even though Jake has only but a few fights under his belt don't count Jake out so easily because he has some power behind his punches as we all saw him knockout Nate Robinson. But when it comes to fighting, once you step in the ring, nothing else matters, you can still get knocked out by your opponent no matter how much experience they have.
Who do you have for this boxing match and why? Let me know in the comments!
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