YouTube star and Internet troll Jake Paul is ready for another shot at fame, this time in the boxing ring. The younger of the Paul brothers is set to headline the latest Triller Fight Club PPV on Saturday night in Atlanta, though this time against an actual combat athlete. Paul will be opposite former MMA welterweight champion Ben Askren inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium atop a four-fight card filled with musical acts and headlined by Justin Bieber and Snoop Dogg.
Who is Jake Paul?
A 24-year-old with a mass following: precisely 20 million subscribers on YouTube and 18.5 on Instagram and Twitter combined.
The internet personality’s boxing career began alongside elder brother Logan’s, when the two fought another YouTuber brothers pair, England’s KSI and Deji Olatunji. While Logan and KSI boxed to a majority draw, Jake won the white-collar boxing match against Deji with a technical knockout.
Since then, Paul has amassed a 2-0 record. Last January, he defeated another YouTuber AnEsonGib. He then competed on the undercard of Mike Tyson’s comeback fight against Roy Jones Jr in November, knocking out former NBA point guard and Slam Dunk champion Nate Robinson. In the two professional fights, he has produced two knockouts and six knockdowns over three rounds.
Despite all the bluster and trolling, Paul has actually shown decent skill in his first two appearances. Even though it was against extremely low levels of competition and not pro fighters, Paul scored a pair of knockouts that went viral. First he stopped AnEsonGib, a fellow YouTube star, before brutalizing former NBA player Nate Robinson last November. Askren, meanwhile, has never boxed professionally and very rarely used his standup striking during his MMA career.
Jake Paul and Ben Askren are fighting eight rounds at Cruiserweight. That means both fighters can’t weigh anything over 200 pounds. Considering Askren fought at 170 during his MMA run and 174 as a collegiate wrestler, you can expect him to be massively under that limit. Jake Paul weighed in at 189 pounds for his last boxing match.
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Fournier is 8-0 (8 KOs) having previously boxed mainly in the Dominican Republic and once on a David Haye undercard at the O2 Arena in 2016.
He has not boxed officially since December 2016, but claims on Instagram that he’s only been out for two years and so may have had an unrecognised contest in the interim.
Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren fight card
Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren
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