UFC welterweight champion Ben Askren recently spoke with ESPN about his thoughts on Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley.
Tyron Woodley is set to fight Jake Paul in a match that will be featured on the next episode of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. The fight has been highly anticipated and Ben Askren gives his thoughts on the matchup.
Getty On March 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Ben Askren (R) shoves Jake Paul during a press conference for Triller Fight Club’s first 2021 boxing event at The Venetian Las Vegas.
Ben Askren, a former Bellator and ONE welterweight champion, recently shared his views on Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley’s huge boxing fight on Sunday night.
Both guys are known to Askren. He spent years training with Woodley and is still buddies with the former UFC welterweight champion. Paul’s final boxing opponent, on the other hand, was “Funky.”
Paul vs. Woodley, which airs on Showtime PPV on August 29, 2021 at 8 p.m. ET, has an intriguing wrinkle: Woodley worked Askren’s corner for his bout with Paul. And backstage with Paul, Woodley and “The Problem Child” got into a disagreement as he was getting his hands wrapped to box Askren, which was one of the reasons why the boxing fight was put together.
The boxing fight did not go Askren’s way in the least, as he did not even make it out of the first round before being knocked out by The Problem Child. A few seconds after Funky regained his footing, the referee stopped the bout, giving Paul the win by first-round TKO.
It was Askren’s third professional defeat in a row, although the two losses before to his loss to Paul were against two high-caliber UFC opponents inside the Octagon.
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Askren said that if Woodley loses to the YouTuber, he would feel “much better” about his loss against Paul.
So one thing is certain: Askren will be watching the fight on Sunday, and he recently talked with TMZ about it. Unsurprisingly, Funky thinks The Problem Child will “unlikely” beat the former UFC champion in the ring, although he does acknowledge that Paul “hits hard.”
Paul would feel “much better” about losing to the social media phenomenon if his hand was raised at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Clevland, Ohio, according to Askren.
Askren stated through Middle Easy, “I’m still not convinced that (Jake) is a competent boxer.” “He struck me hard one time, but it wasn’t like he dominated me for six rounds. We’ll give him credit for it since he hits hard.”
“If he can defeat Tyron, I’ll feel a lot better about what happened to me because I’ll say, ‘Damn, Tyron’s really excellent.’ I believe it is improbable, but in that event, that is what I would believe.”
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Five boxing matches will be shown on Showtime Boxing PPV, including Tyson Fury’s younger brother’s fight.
The headline event of the Showtime Boxing PPV will be Paul vs. Woodley. In all, five fights are planned on the event, including unified featherweight world champion Amanda Serrano and heavyweight champion Tyson Fury’s younger brother Tommy Fury. The five battles are as follows:
Tyron Woodley vs. Jake Paul Yamileth Mercado vs. Amanda Serrano Joe Cusumano vs. Daniel Dubois Montana Love vs. Nan Baranchyk Anthony Taylor vs. Tommy Fury
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