Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren

Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren was a cruiserweight professional crossover boxing match contested between American YouTuber Jake Paul and American former mixed martial artist Ben Askren. The bout took place at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on April 17, 2021.[3] Paul won the bout via TKO in one minute and 59 seconds of the first round.[4] The fight sold 500,000 PPV buys.[5]

Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren
DateApril 17, 2021
VenueMercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Tale of the tape
Boxer Jake Paul Ben Askren
Nickname The Problem Child Funky
Hometown Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.
Pre-fight record 2–0 (2 KOs) 0–0 (Boxing)
19–2–1 (6 KOs) (MMA)
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[1] 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 191+12 lb (87 kg)[2] 191 lb (87 kg)
Style Orthodox Orthodox
Recognition Former Bellator welterweight champion
Former ONE Championship welterweight champion
Paul defeats Askren in 1st round by TKO

Background edit

Jake Paul (left) and Ben Askren (right).

The fight was announced on December 22, 2020, along with tentative plans to hold the match in Los Angeles. It was later announced that the venue had been changed to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The event was held with limited attendance, consisting of 100 spectators who won tickets via promotions on the Triller app.[6][7] The fight was executive produced by actress and producer Malea Rose who also served as the creative director for the events overall vision. [8]

On Mike Tyson's podcast, UFC President Dana White stated that he would be willing to bet $1 million on Jake Paul losing to Askren. Jake Paul responded to White's statement with excitement, and offered to double the wager.[9] Rapper Snoop Dogg also responded to Dana White's declaration, offering to bet $2 million on Jake Paul winning the fight.[10]

Fight card edit

Weight Class vs. Method Round Time Notes
Cruiserweight Jake Paul def. Ben Askren TKO 1/8 1:59 Note 1
Light welterweight Regis Prograis def. Ivan Redkach TKO 6/10 1:21 Note 2
Heavyweight Steve Cunningham def. Frank Mir UD 6/6 Note 3
Light heavyweight Joe Fournier def. Reykon RTD 2/6 3:00 Note 4
Super middleweight Junior Younan def. Jeyson Minda UD 8/8
Welterweight Quinton Randall def. William Jackson UD 8/8

^Note 1 Askren's professional debut
^Note 2 Originally ruled a technical decision win for Prograis from a low-blow, it was ruled a TKO after confirming no foul.
^Note 3 Mir's professional debut
^Note 4 Reykon's professional debut

Broadcasting edit

The card was the inaugural event of Triller Fight Club, a new series of boxing events promoted by the video sharing app Triller (who had previously partnered with Legends Only League for 2020's Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr.) and rapper Snoop Dogg. The pay-per-view featured a similar mix of sports- and entertainment-oriented content to the Tyson vs. Jones PPV, including musical performances by The Black Keys, Diplo, Doja Cat, Justin Bieber, Major Lazer, Saweetie, and Mt. Westmore—a supergroup of Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Too $hort and E-40. Triller also streamed PRBLM CHILD, a documentary series hyping the fight.[6][7]

The PPV was distributed via cable and satellite television providers in the United States and Canada, and also via the combat sports streaming service Fite TV (which was acquired by Triller during the direct lead-up to the fight).[11][12]

Fight details edit

The bout was criticized by many pundits and combat sports athletes alike, as the retired MMA fighter Askren was known for succeeding in the octagon due to his grappling, and was widely regarded as one of the worst strikers in the sport.[13][14] Aside from that, Askren, who had retired from the sport of MMA and was 36 at the time, had had a hip replacement in the months prior to signing the contract of the bout.[15]

In a contest between the younger and taller Paul and the more experienced athlete Askren, Paul worked his jab to keep Askren outside. Brent Brookhouse for CBS said Askren "looked stiff and robotic" in the early portion of the fight.[16] Paul landed with an overhand right halfway through the first round, with Askren falling straight legged to the canvas. Although Askren rose to his feet soon after, the referee called off the fight, with Askren showing some unsteadiness. After the fight, Askren commented that the stoppage was called too early, but otherwise seemed to be happy with the outcome.[17]'

Pay-per-view numbers edit

In 2022, Jake Paul would reveal the fight sold 500,000 PPV buys.[18][19]

Fight purses edit

According to the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission, Paul earned an official purse of $690,000 and Askren a $500,000 purse. These figures don't include any additional bonuses or PPV profits.[20]

Guaranteed base purses

  • Jake Paul ($690,000) vs. Ben Askren ($500,000)
  • Ivan Redkach ($250,000) vs. Regis Prograis ($850,000)
  • Frank Mir ($350,000) vs. Steve Cunningham ($150,000)
  • Andres "Reykon" Londono ($80,000) vs. Joe Fournier ($220,000)
  • Jeyson Minda ($8,000) vs. Junior Younan ($25,000)
  • William Jackson ($8,000) vs. Quinton Randall ($15,000)

References edit

  1. ^ "BoxRec Jake Paul". Retrieved May 6, 2021.
  2. ^ "Jake Paul". BoxRec. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  3. ^ Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren - Undercard Officially Announced - Boxing Scene, March 11, 2021
  4. ^ Atkins, Nick (April 18, 2021). "Ben Askren tweets 'sorry world', walks away laughing after first-round KO by Jake Paul at Triller Fight Club". South China Morning Post.
  5. ^ Jake Paul exposes Conor McGregor in RUTHLESS response, retrieved July 15, 2023
  6. ^ a b "Justin Bieber, Snoop's New Group and More to Perform at Triller Fight Club's Jake Paul Bout". The Hollywood Reporter. March 17, 2021. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Uncovering Triller Fight Club's boxing blueprint". SportsPro Media. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  8. ^ "Justin Bieber, Snoop's New Group & More to Perform at Triller Fight Club's Jake Paul Bout". Billboard. March 17, 2021.
  9. ^ Dana White to Jake Paul, I'd Bet $1 Million You Loose to Ben Askren
  10. ^ Snoop Dogg Wants to Bet Dana White $2 Million Jake Paul Wins Ben Askren Fight
  11. ^ "Triller Acquires Fite.TV Ahead of Ben Askren-Jake Paul Boxing Pay-Per-View Event". Sherdog. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
  12. ^ "Triller owner gets a new CEO with acquisition of Amplify.AI; also acquires live streaming service FITE TV". TechCrunch. Retrieved April 14, 2021.
  13. ^ "Ben Askren Reveals Why He Agreed to Fight Jake Paul in a Boxing Match". essentiallysports.com. January 28, 2021.
  14. ^ "Ben Askren promised a 'circus' in Triller boxing bout against Jake Paul — and delivered in spades". MMA Mania. April 18, 2021.
  15. ^ "Ben Askren: 'Never say never' on return to MMA competition after successful hip surgery". MMA Fighting. November 24, 2020.
  16. ^ "Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren fight results, highlights: Paul crushes Askren for first-round TKO". April 18, 2021.
  17. ^ "Ben Askren apologises to the world for losing to YouTuber Jake Paul". ABC News. April 18, 2021.
  18. ^ Jake Paul exposes Conor McGregor in RUTHLESS response, retrieved June 27, 2023
  19. ^ "How Many PPV Buys Did Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Do- is 'The Problem Child' Quitting Boxing?". thesportsrush.com. January 10, 2023. Retrieved June 27, 2023.
  20. ^ Alexander K. Lee (April 16, 2021). "Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren salaries released". mmafighting.com.