Jake Paul Annihilates Ben Askren In The First Round
By: Hans Themistode
Jake Paul talked and talked and talked some more. In turn, everyone grew more and more disgusted with his continued foray into the boxing world.
After his most recent victory, however, it appears as though Jake Paul is here to say.
Former MMA star Ben Askren became Paul’s latest victim in the ring. Unlike Paul’s previous two opponents in former NBA player Nate Robinson and social media star Ali Eson Gib, Askren was viewed as a legitimate fighter due to his background in mixed martial arts and the world titles he once held in both ONE Championship and Bellator. However, its become clear that it will take someone with a lot more skill in the boxing ring to take him down.
From the moment the opening bell rang, Paul wasted no time getting into the face of Askren as he pushed his man back with a strong jab. Askren, clearly out of his element, attempted to throw a combination of his own but appeared to be extremely uncoordinated while doing so.
After the pair clinched in the center of the ring, Paul stepped back and came right ahead with a right hand that immediately sent Askren to the deck. He stumbled as he got back to his feet. Still, he appeared to be fully aware of his surroundings. With that said, that wasn’t enough as the referee waved off their contest.
A dejected Askren scurried out of the ring as Paul jumped on the top rope and screamed at the top of his lungs as fireworks fired off in the background.
With the win firmly in his back pocket, Paul addressed everyone who continues to doubt him.
“I’m a real fucking fighter.”
Ben Askren Unsure If He’ll Play By The Rules Against Jake Paul: “Maybe I’ll Throw An Elbow You Never Know”
By: Hans Themistode
Current social media star turn pro boxer, Jake Paul, wants to do everything in his power to dissuade his upcoming opponent from doing something illegal in their scheduled boxing event this upcoming weekend.
With Paul set to face the toughest test of his young pro career against former MMA star Ben Askren, Paul knows good and well that he doesn’t want to mix it up with Askren in anything other than strictly a boxing match. Paul, 24, has gone as far as to threaten Askren with serious financial penalties if the former Bellator world champion dives into his bag of MMA tricks.
“He will lose his purse if he does that,” said Paul during an interview with MMA Junkie when asked if he was concerned about Askren using some of his wrestling tactics. “If he does do something like that, his purse is eliminated in the bout agreement. If he wants to lose all the money for the fight, then sure, go ahead.”
With their showdown taking place in roughly 24 hours, Askren wanted to take a bit of time to address the seemingly mendacious statements made by his upcoming opponent.
“I fully intend to box on Saturday night,” said Askren during a recent virtual press conference. “But Jake Paul is telling lies when he says my purse will be deducted for me doing a nonboxing move. That’s just not true.”
Paul’s need to reinforce the rules of their showdown comes as no surprise. With Askren being a decorated wrestler over the span of roughly two decades as well as a world champion in mixed martial arts, Paul doesn’t want to take any chances on Saturday night.
Despite Askren holding the advance in terms of experience in the fighting world, he has won the vast majority of his contest via submission. As for his striking ability, it leaves much to be desired. Many, including the betting world, believe Paul holds the clear edge as long as things remain strictly a boxing match.
As previously mentioned by Askren, he fully intends on abiding by the rules, maybe.
Before pulling down the curtains on his virtual presser, Askren issued a warning of sorts, cautioning Paul of what could be coming tomorrow night.
“Maybe I’ll throw an elbow you never know.”
Jake Paul On Ben Askren Contest: “This Is Boxing vs MMA And You’re Going To See The Difference, This Is The Fight Game”
By: Hans Themistode
Social media sensation Jake Paul continues to explore the boxing world. The 24-year-old is scheduled to take on former MMA star Ben Askren in a boxing match on the Triller platform on April 17th.
Despite spending being fairly new to the fight world, Paul walks into their contest as a heavy favorite. The underdog status of Askren primarily stems from his style of fighting more than anything else. Although Paul has only two professional fights under his belt, both of which came against non boxers, Askren is known for his world-class grappling ability.
His striking, on the other hand, leaves much to be desired.
As Paul continues his preparation for their showdown next month, he spent a bit of time watching tape on the former MMA star. Needless to say, he wasn’t impressed.
“This guy’s skills is that of a grandma,” said Paul during a recent socially distanced press conference. “He’s a good athlete they say but April 17th, he’s going to get exposed.”
For Paul, he continues to dabble into the world of fighting. Before he laced up the boxing gloves, however, Paul and his older brother Logan, were known for their flashy lifestyles and whacky YouTube videos. The pair have since parlayed that into boxing careers.
While Paul has no amateur or world-class experience, he’s dedicated his life over the past few years to the sport. Currently, he holds a 2-0 record, albeit his first win came against fellow social media star Ali Eson Gib and his second against former NBA player Nate Robinson.
Askren meanwhile, was once a decorated wrestler and a former champion at Bellator, one of the top mixed martial arts organizations in the world. Askren officially retired from competition in late 2019, citing a hip injury and subsequent surgery as the main culprit.
Still, that hasn’t stopped him from jumping at the chance to take on Paul.
Although he protrudes confidence each and every time he speaks, Paul believes Askren’s self belief will immediately be shattered the moment the opening bell rings. With Askren spending the majority of his career in an MMA cage and with Paul sharpening his tools in an actual ring over the past few years, the California native is firmly under the belief that the cream will ultimately rise to the top come fight night.
“This is boxing vs MMA and you’re going to see the difference. This is the fight game.”
Jake Pauls Takes His $50 Million Dollar Offer Off The Table In Possible Conor McGregor Showdown: “Conor, I Got $10,000 For You”
By: Hans Themistode
According to YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul, Conor McGregor has dropped the ball big time.
For numerous months, the social media star has attempted to lure McGregor back into the boxing ring. Nothing has been off-limits as Paul has insulted the UFC star’s wife and thrown dirt on his in ring fighting ability, all in an attempt to get the fight he craves most.
Despite the perpetual trash talk, McGregor has by and large, ignored his man. With that being said, that hasn’t stopped Paul from continuing his efforts.
Recently, the social media influencer has claimed that he has reached out to team McGregor several times with an offer of $50 million. However, following McGregor’s second-round knockout loss at the hands of Dustin Poirier in the UFC’s octagon this past weekend, that offer has dropped significantly.
“Aye Conor,” said Paul while laughing on his Twitter account. “I got $10,000 for you. Cash. You had 50 million dollars.”
McGregor of course is known for attracting big-time paydays whenever he steps foot inside of the ring or the octagon. In the UFC star’s first and only trip to the boxing ring, he found himself on the wrong end of a knockout loss at the hands of Floyd Mayweather in 2017.
Still, even in defeat, McGregor not only impressed many who were watching but he also took home $130 million for his efforts. Recently, the Irish native claimed to be deep in negotiations for a bout with eight-division star Manny Pacquiao. While a showdown with Pacquiao appears to be all but dead due to his defeat, Paul is more than willing to face McGregor as long as he’s prepared to accept his now paltry offer.
As for the aforementioned Jake Paul, like him or hate him, he’s continued to bring eyeballs to the sport of boxing whenever he steps foot inside the ring.
After watching his old brother Logan Paul place his social influencer life on pause to compete in the ring, Jake soon followed. In January of 2020, the 24-year-old took on fellow YouTube sensation Ali Eson Gib. The results would be one-sided as can be as Jake stopped his man in the opening round. Fast forward to just a few months ago, and Jake would make headlines once again. This time at the expense of former NBA player Nate Robinson. Much like his previous ring appearance, the Ohio native stopped his man in the very first round.
Jake is now expected to return to the ring again in April against an opponent yet to be named.
Logan and Jake Paul – Boxings New Rising Talent?
By: Henry Deleon
Boxing these past few weeks has definitely been something to talk about. Whether it’s great matchups like Teofimo Lopez vs Vasily Lomachencko, or a devastating knockout like the one Leo Santa Cruz suffered at the hands of Gervonta Davis, or maybe it’s the “legendary” matchup between two all-time greats, Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. that gets people chatting. One thing that has definitely kept boxing buzzing these last few months has been the crossover of YouTube stars Logan and Jake Paul.
Jake Paul’s recent victory over former NBA star Nate Robinson has been the talk of the town. Across social media platforms you see things like “you don’t play boxing”, “Nate Robinson had no business Boxing”, “Boxing isn’t for everyone.” Which may be true, but in this scenario only to a certain extent. Nate losing to Paul wasn’t because Jake is an example of what “Boxing” is supposed to be. People need to understand that there is a process one goes through to find out if whether or not they’re cut out for this sport. A process that not only challenges you physically but mentally too; a process that played a major factor in Nate Robinson losing. It wasn’t Jake’s representation of the sport that led him to victory. For many of you who have never fought (I’m not talking street fighting) or stepped foot in a ring, I would like to share a little insight on an aspect that many first-timers go through; to help you understand Boxing a little bit better.
In boxing, there is a psychological phase that people just starting out have to go through. There’s a bunch of emotions, nerves, fears and doubts that tend to kick in that one has to learn to control and overcome.
You spend months training for your first fight, practicing form, combos, footwork, defense drills. All these things you’re practicing over and over again, day in and day out. Trying to engrave them into your mind so that It almost becomes second nature for your body to react and respond in a certain way.
On the day of your fight, you have the pressure of not wanting to look bad in front of your friends, family and anyone else watching. You have the fear of getting hurt or possibly losing. Doubt starts to kick in because you don’t know exactly what to expect. You think you have an idea but then you’re not sure and you begin to question things.
Once in that squared circle and that bell rings you realize you’re head to head with someone who is intentionally trying to hurt you. A lot of that stuff you practiced back in training goes right out the window. The composure, the nice combos, BOOM gone. You’re no longer thinking clearly in that moment, and automatically you go into one of two survival modes, Fight or Flight. If you’re in flight mode, you’re moving around the ring trying to stay away from the other person, which is totally normal, it’s a natural human response to move away from something that’s causing you harm. If you’re in fight mode than you’re probably coming forward letting your hands go, not so much strategically but more to try to overwhelm your opponent so they don’t let off on you, usually resulting in you exerting more energy then you should because you’re inexperienced and unfamiliar on how to pace yourself in that kind of a situation. You could have done all your road work and felt like you were in the best shape of your life going into the fight, but after that first round because of those nerves, you’re exhausted. You go back to your corner, your hearts beating fast, you’re tired. You’re taking big breaths but the air you’re breathing in feels ice cold. Your eyes are wide, you’re like a deer in headlights. You see your trainer talking to you but you’re not quite hearing them. Training for your first fight, is training to learn to survive.
Over time, the more you put yourself in that situation the more comfortable you become. The better you learn to pace yourself, the better you learn to think, the more you learn to see, the better you learn to apply what you’ve been practicing. You learn to remain relaxed under the pressure of someone trying to hurt you. Then when you start to win, you begin to build confidence that will eventually overshadow whatever doubts you once had.
Now back to my YouTube “friends.”
Jake Paul had this slight psychological advantage over Nate Robinson, probably why he managed to score a knockout. It wasn’t “skill” that resulted in the Paul knockout because let’s be real, for a pro fighter, his ability is without a doubt questionable. His victory was a complete fluke. It was simply the fact that Nate Robinson was unfamiliar with how to swim in these kinds of currents. Jake Paul has had a bit more experience in that sense, and due to a previous victory, a bit more confidence going in. Is he a skillful fighter? No, He was just fortunate enough to go in there with someone who didn’t quite know what they were getting themselves into.
It’s a different ball game when you are in the ring with someone who is no longer training to survive, but training to hurt you. Someone who has perfected how to see and think clearly under the pressure that boxing brings. Someone who isn’t going to be easily phased because you landed one or two good shots or scared that they might get tired. Someone who has been doing this all their lives and that survival mode doesn’t exist in them anymore. Someone who’s mentality is all about breaking the other person down physically and mentally, inflicting pain and seeing the other person hurt.
Logan Paul vs. Floyd Mayweather, scheduled for February 20th, 2021, will be a perfect example of that. You basically have a“wannabe” fighter going toe to toe with a seasoned and experienced professional fighter. A one-sided fight, an amateur vs. a pro, hence why they made it an “exhibition”. Do not be surprised once Mayweather starts countering Logan, that Logan will freeze up and become hesitant, no longer letting his hands go. Don’t be surprised if Floyd stops him, though it’s an exhibition so I doubt they’ll allow it to get to that extreme.
There are levels to this sport and there are levels for a reason. Many people question if this is a fight that Floyd Mayweather should be taking part in? Some might make the argument and say Floyd has done more than enough for the sport to be able to pick and choose who he fights, even if it is for a quick payday. Others argue if he’s taking part in an exhibition bout, then why not against some other former fighter? Floyd has always emphasized the fact that “if it makes money then it makes sense.” So there really is no surprise in why he would partake in this. For those who think the Paul brothers shouldn’t even be at this level of the sport, at least it may be rewarding to see Floyd give Logan a proper beat down, that shows these YouTube fighters what it’s like being in the ring with a legitimate fighter, and not another YouTube or former NBA star, no?
The Paul brothers have a large following that converts into viewers and potential ticket buyers. Networks and promotional companies are tickled by this and therefore will continue presenting them with these kinds of platforms to perform on. Some may say it’s a spit in the face to the genuine participants of the sport who have sacrificed their entire lives in the hope of that big payday that’s going to one day change their lives. Some world champions don’t even see the payouts the Paul brothers have generated. But the question remains, is this good for boxing? Is this what boxing should represent? Well, it really comes down to all of you reading this article, the fans. You guys are what make this sport. Are these cross overs something you all wish to continue watching?
Mike Tyson: “Boxing Owes YouTube Boxers Respect, They Should Give Them Some Belts Because These Guys Make Boxing Alive”
By: Hans Themistode
Former undisputed heavyweight champion Mike Tyson remembers the good ole days. The times of yesteryear where boxing was amongst the most talked about sports in the world. Nearly 30-40 years ago, living a normal life as a professional boxer was nearly impossible with the amount of fanfare. Fast forward to today however, and Tyson believes that boxing was heading by the wayside.
It isn’t just other sports such as the NFL, NBA and MLB that have passed boxing along, but Tyson also believes that so did the UFC. Regardless of how boxing was perceived over the past few years, Tyson is under the impression that the sport he once ruled over is making a comeback, and not because he’s decided to make his de-facto return to it.
“Boxing was pretty much a dying sport. UFC has been kicking our butt. Now we got these YouTube boxers and boxing is going back. Thanks to the YouTube boxers.”
Tyson’s love and admiration for YouTube boxers stems from having YouTube star Jake Paul and his six-round bout against former NBA dunk champion Nate Robinson as the co-main event of his eight-round exhibition contest against Roy Jones Jr. this past weekend.
Although Tyson’s debatable draw against Jones Jr. created much of the buzz, it was Paul’s second knockout of Robinson that stole the night. Watching the former NBA player lie motionless on the canvas sent social media and television talk shows into a frenzy.
YouTubers such as Paul, his brother Logan and KSI have set a new trend over the years but one that hasn’t been greeted with open arms by the boxing community. Yet, with over 2 million viewers tuning in to see KSI and Logan Paul go at it in August of 2018, the numbers for these special events have only continued to skyrocket.
Handing YouTube boxers their credit is difficult for Tyson’s ego to handle. With that being said, as the proliferation continues to pile up in terms of fans, Tyson thinks it’s time to embrace this new age of boxing.
“Listen, my ego says so many things,” said Tyson following his exhibition bout. “But my reality is they help boxing so much. Boxing owes these YouTube boxers some kind of respect. They should give them some belts because these guys make boxing alive.”