Jake Paul vs Ben Askren - 04:00

  • Bookmakers are leaning towards the fight NOT going the distance at 4/9.
  • The bookies’ favourite Jake Paul to win by KO, TKO or DQ is priced at 4/5.

In the early hours of Sunday morning we will finally see these two combatants enter the ring at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. A lot has been made of Jake Paul’s frequent outbursts; he has had plenty to say in the lead up to this fight.

This is not unusual for the Cleveland native. With a short boxing career thus far, one could argue that Jake Paul talks more than he fights. He has even went as far as calling out ‘The Notorious’ one Conor McGregor.

The bookies have installed Jake Paul as the favourite to win the fight at 4/7. To date he has just two professional boxing bouts under his belt, although both have resulted in Paul getting his hand raised (2-0-0). With all due respect to his first two opponents (AnEsonGib and Nate Robinson) neither have any boxing experience. The former is a YouTuber and the latter is an ex-NBA star, neither can compare to the resume that Askren holds.

This fight will provide a new test: does Paul really have the power he claims to have? It is one thing knocking out an ex-NBA star in Nate Robinson, it’s however a completely different proposition attempting to knock out a seasoned combat sports athlete in the form of Ben Askren.

Askren is a man who withstood an onslaught from ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler. In 22 professional MMA bouts, Askren has been knocked out just once. If you feel the fight could go the distance, it’s currently priced at 2/1.

The general public appear to be overlooking Ben Askren with Jake Paul the clear favourite. It is clearly apparent that Askren is not a skilled boxer, but it is also clearly apparent that Askren is a two time NCAA Division 1 Wrestler. This is a man with natural power and strength, so look for Askren to tie Paul up at every opportunity and turn this into a slugfest.

As we’ve seen in the Robbie Lawler fight, Askren is no stranger to a slugfest. My prediction is Askren to win by decision or technical decision 3/1.

Askren to win by decision - 1pt @ 3/1