Ben Askren, 36, and Jake Paul, 24, are set to battle it out in a professional boxing bout. The venue has yet to be announced.
Askren and Paul will fight in an eight-round pro boxing match on April 17, 2021, Triller co-founder Ryan Kavanaugh told ESPN. The weight class for the fight has yet to be finalized but Kavanaugh confirmed that the fight will be contested with 10-ounce gloves in a 20-by-20 ring.
“I know Jake Paul is enjoying pretending he is a fighter,” the publication quoted Askren as saying. “I think on April 17 he is going to have a rude awakening to what being a fighter is really like.”
While Askren is still under contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the mixed martial arts promotion reportedly gave him the permission to fight Paul. The retired MMA fighter promised to put to an end the dreams of the YouTube star who “has led a privileged life and doesn’t really know what the meaning of being a fighter is.”
The match will be the main event of a Triller Fight Club event. It marks Askren’s professional boxing debut and the first time Paul is fighting a professional fighter.
On the other hand, Paul holds a professional boxing record of 2 wins and 0 loss. He knocked out his fellow YouTuber “AnEsonGib” Ali Loui Al-Fakhri, 24, at the Meridian At Islands Gardens in Miami, Florida, USA on January 30, 2020.
Paul earned yet another knockout win on November 28, 2020. He defeated retired National Basketball Association player Nate Robinson, 36, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, USA.