Ex-UFC welterweight Ben Askren is set to fight YouTuber Jake Paul on April 17. However, 36-year-old Ben Askren is a retired MMA fighter who has never appeared in a boxing fight. Moreover, this will be his first boxing appearance. Apart from his vast MMA experience, Askren was renowned for his wrestling and grappling style.
On the other hand, Jake Paul, 24, just started his boxing career but already won two of his fights and is at 2-0 in his career. The YouTuber won both of his fights by knockouts. So, Paul might get an advantage from these two fight experiences.
The former MMA player has recently been seen preparing for his boxing debut. Ben Askren only had six knockouts in his 19 MMA wins, where he won one championship and titles in Bellator.
TJ Dillashaw thinks Ben Askren should win over Paul
Former UFC champion TJ Dillashaw talked to Mike Swick, reported by The Sun, about the Askren Paul fight.
“Askren should win right, but I’m nervous about it.” TJ Dillashaw said.
He also added, “You watch him strike and it’s like the MMA world is very nervous right now that he’s gonna be.”
“He should win the fight. He should be smart enough.”
“I mean Jake Paul is gonna get tired, he should be able to wear him out and make him lose his explosiveness and dance around and get the win.”
“But I wouldn’t say Askren’s the better striker I think he’s just the better competitor and that’s what’s gonna win him the fight.”
“At least I really hope so, my fingers are crossed because man, crazy.”
On the other hand, Titan FC lightweight Raush Manfio thinks Paul will win the fight. Manfio is predicting that Ben will get no chance in front of Paul. He said to the NYPost, “If Askren goes in there to trade hands, he’s going down. No doubt. He’s going down.”
“[Paul] has a powerful right hand, and he’s getting smarter in the ring, not getting scared or stuff like that, things you learn with time.”