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Dylan Bowker
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Boxing
– 23 December 2020 at 7:09 a.m. PST

The opening odds for Jake Paul versus Ben Askren were posted when they opened on Jan. March 2021 fight in Los Angeles The brazen Youtuber has apparently called people to fight every day

Now Funky Ben has agreed and will be Paul’s next dance partner. The problem kid wants to score his third pro knockout, while Askren wants to play the role of problem solver on his debut in Queensberry Rules

The favorite at this point is Jake Paul and through the myopic lens of the boxing performance I kind of understand why

Immediately after his knockout on the highlight role of former NBA star Nate Robinson, there was a lot of discussion about who would box Jake Paul next

Now 2-0 as a professional with two consecutive KOs, he is preparing for the first quarter of 2021 and the toughest test of his young fighting career to date

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Paul has benefited from the inexperience of his previous opponents so far. Both of Jake Paul’s previous wins were against debut boxers

While his next opponent debuts in sweet science, this is the overall experience Askren has in the fighting game

Ben Askren is an accomplished MMA fighter coming back from his second retirement from competition. Funky is a highly decorated wrestler who became an Olympic gold medalist before moving to mixed martial arts

On his MMA trip, he set an overall record of 19-2 on Askren captured welterweight belts in ONE Championship and Bellator MMA before starting a UFC run with three fights

While Askren’s main forte is grappling, this will still be an illuminating fight for Paul at this point in his boxing endeavors If Paul wants to continue promoting names like Conor McGregor and some of the high-end names he has mentioned, Funky Ben will prevent all of that at this point

This is going to be an illuminating battle for Jake Paul’s ceiling in the martial arts world and the seriousness of a factor he can be Askren is a notable name and would get Paul out of the celebrity boxing / sideshow stage that he is currently occupied

Ultimately, Jake Paul vs Ben Askren is an odd matchup to examine on paper.While Askren has more cumulative combat experience overall, he represents one of the more reasonable matchups for Paul at least in terms of MMA fighters transitioning to boxing

At the risk of sounding pretentious, far too many casual watchers of the Askren fighting game rebate since it had a tumultuous UFC run, Askren’s octagon attempts resulted in him going 1-2 and taking defeats back and forth for one of those losses Askren was the fastest KO in UFC history for Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239

Also, many on MMA Twitter seem to fixate on the gifs when Ben Askren took on Demian Maia

Jake Paul shouldn’t underestimate Ben Askren or his lights for any of the following: picTwittercom / uFXvWQdhvj

While Askren isn’t someone who is referred to as a K1-level striker, his overall combat experience is not to be underestimated, especially against Jake Paul who has two professional fights

I think as we get closer to this fight the chances of better reflecting on Askren will improve, not to say he will become the all-time favorite, but I think the timeliness of Paul’s viral knockout overestimates his fighting potential a bit

As a part-time writer and full-time broadcaster, Dylan has hosted MMA talk shows like Lights Out and Pure Fight Radio with featured guests like Jens Pulver, Roy Nelson and Miesha Tate, and has reported on some of the biggest MMA promotions like Rumble in The Cage, Unified MMA and King of the Cage

As a part-time writer and full-time broadcaster, Dylan has hosted MMA talk shows Lights Out and Pure Fight Radio with featured guests like Jens Pulver, Roy Nelson and Miesha Tate and has covered some of the biggest MMA promotions like Rumble in The Cage, Unified MMA and King of the cage

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