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We’re in the home stretch. In a few hours, Jake Paul takes on ex-MMA fighter Ben Askren in a boxing match that promises to break the internet. They’ll fight tonight: Saturday, April 17, starting around 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET. The Paul brothers, Jake and Logan, have fought multiple times between them, but this one’s a little stranger. Ben Askren fought in MMA and is a former world champion. He was primarily a wrestler with rudimentary boxing, but still — a step up for Jake Paul?
Here’s everything you need to know.
When does the fight take place?
According to the Triller page, the main event will start around 9 p.m. ET on April 17. That’s 6 p.m. PT.
Viewers in the UK will have to stay up till 2 a.m. on April 18 to watch the fight. If you’re tuning in from Australia, the fight takes place at 11 a.m. on April 18.
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.
Who is Jake Paul?
Jake Paul is the brother of Logan Paul. Both are YouTube online personalities with sizable followings across almost every social media platform. They initially gained popularity on now-defunct video platform Vine and Jake Paul starred in Bizaardvark, a show on the Disney Channel.
As of late both Paul brothers have become well-known for boxing, bizarrely. Logan Paul boxed fellow YouTuber KSI to a draw in a ludicrously high-profile amateur boxing match in August 2018. Jake Paul fought KSI’s brother Deji Olatunji on the undercard.
After the bout, Jake Paul continued boxing and has fought professionally twice, most recently knocking out former NBA star Nate Robinson on the undercard of Mike Tyson’s recent comeback against Roy Jones Jr.
Since that contest, Jake Paul has been going back and forth with multiple MMA fighters, including Conor McGregor and his training partner Dillon Danis, but ultimately he’s set up a boxing match against retired UFC fighter Ben Askren.
Who is Ben Askren?
Ben Askren is probably most famous for being violently KO’d by UFC superstar Jorge Masvidal in five seconds, but before that he was an undefeated fighter and considered among the most effective wrestlers in MMA.
After an incredibly successful amateur wrestling career Askren became a world champion in two organisations, Bellator and One FC. He made a UFC run at the end of his career, but by then was carrying a number of chronic long term injuries. He ultimately retired as a result of those injuries.
The weigh-ins have taken place and were quite surprising.
Despite fighting at 170 pounds during his MMA career, Ben Askren came in at 191.5 pounds. Jake Paul weighed 191 pounds flat. You can watch the full weigh-ins here.
The short story is, Ben Askren didn’t look like he was in good shape, but even at 170 he didn’t exactly look shredded.