Jake Paul proved once again that he can be pretty effective in the ring as he remained undefeated after scoring a first-round TKO over former Bellator and OneFC Championship champion Ben Askren at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday night.
Paul(3-0, 3 KOs) landed a straight right hand that dropped Askren(0-1) midway through the first round. Askren would get back on his feet, but the referee felt he could not continue and called off the fight at the 1:59 mark of Round 1.
The 36-year-old Askren made his boxing debut on Saturday night and did not seem too upset after the loss, but he thought he would have put on a better performance.
‘It’s unfortunate,” he said. “I really thought I could do better.”
Paul, who is coming off a second-round knockout win over former NBA player Nate Robinson, felt the fight against Askren would be easier than his victory over Robinson, and he was right.
“I said it the whole time,” Paul said. “This fight was going to be easier than Nate Robinson, and no one believed me per usual. At one point, I was the underdog… I’m not going to let yall forget that”
What’s next for Paul? Who knows, but many celebrities, MMA stars, YouTubers, and boxers would like to get into the ring with him based on his popularity. Look, in reality, Paul has decent skills. Can he beat a legitimate boxer? Probably not at this point, but who knows. However, Triller will probably find another MMA fighter to get in the ring with Paul.
Hate it or love it, Triller puts on a good show that can appeal to the casual fight fan. The night included performances by Justin Bieber, The Black Keys, Doja Cat, Saweetie, Diplo, Major Lazer, and the world premiere of the hip hop supergroup Mt. Westmore (Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Too $hort, and E-40) performing for their first time together. So, the star power was there on Saturday night.
It should be interesting to see what type of pay-per-view numbers this show produces. Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. did over a million pay-per-view buys, and based on the social media buzz, Paul-Askren might have done just as well at the box office.
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