The fight between Jake Paul and Ben Askren is set for this Saturday at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in New Orleans and we can’t wait.
It might not be a fight between two legitimate professional boxers, but if you follow Jake Paul’s personal life, you’ll either love him or hate him.
We predict the fight outcome and look at why both fighters have a chance to walk away with bragging rights on Saturday.
Paul vs Askren Fight Preview
Most people don’t like Jake Paul, especially with his feud against KSI. That’s the fight YouTube fans wanted to see, but it will be interesting to see how Paul fights against an actual fighter.
Ben Askren is the guy everyone loves to hate in the UFC. He has picked feuds with UFC boss Dana White on many occasions and his knockout loss to Jorge Masvidal made headlines throughout the world.
Askren is a primarily a wrestler with limited boxing ability. However, he is a trained mixed martial artist who has thrown down with some of the best in the business.
Boxing is a lot different to MMA, but coming off fights against professionals is a better form guide than knocking out former NBA point guards.
Jake Paul knocked out Nate Robinson, who was famously one of the shortest NBA players of all time. It’s hardly a notch on the boxing belt, but for an amateur, it was a solid result.
Paul isn’t the smallest guy going around. He is listed as 1.78m with a 76-inch reach. Askren is the taller man at 1.8m but he has a shorter reach of 72.
Askren is also 36 years old, which comes as a surprise to many. It feels like he hasn’t been in the game for very long, but with a 19-2 MMA record, he is a veteran.
Whilst we don’t like to give Jake Paul much credit for his athletic prowess, he has many advantages over his opponent on Sunday. He not only has the reach advantage, but he’s a decent striker, so he could land one on the chin of Askren.
If this was an MMA fight, bookmakers would have Askren at $1.01 to win. However, he won’t be able to grapple Paul and we’re unlikely to see any clinch work done.
Askren’s best chance of winning the fight is to tire Paul out over the eight rounds. It’s a lengthy fight; something which neither fighter has done before.
Jake Paul vs Ben Askren Fight Pick
Bookmakers have Jake Paul as favourite and we’re not surprised. He has the most recent ring experience and Ben Askren doesn’t have much power behind his punches.
- Jake Paul – $1.50
- Ben Askren – $2.47
We can’t entertain the odds for Askren, who could embarrass himself again. He is a wrestler and grappler, who has never relied on his boxing to get wins.
Jake Paul doesn’t have the advantage of being a professional, but this won’t be a technically impressive fight, so he can throw wildly and do enough to win.
$1.50 is worth taking and there is value in exotic markets. We don’t see this fight going the distance, and for those buying the PPV, we hope it doesn’t.
Chances are if this fight goes the distance, there will be a lot of running being done. No one wants to see that and we don’t think it’s in Jake Paul’s nature to run away. It’s also not in Askren’s, as we saw when he ran into Jorge Masvidal’s knee in the opening seconds.
Therefore, we’re picking Paul to win via knockout. Bookmakers are offering $1.91 for this result and that’s excellent value.
Paul, who has the longer reach, should be able to get inside Askren’s guard and land the finishing blow.
For more value, we’re picking the fight to end in Round 5. Punters get $13 for this option, so it’s worth a small bet for added interest.
Bet: Jake Paul via KO ($1.91)