Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Odds: 67% of Bettors Backing Askren Over the Weekend

Jake Paul was the pick of both bettors and oddsmakers, but the betting trends have done a full 180-degree turn this weekend
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Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Odds and Betting Breakdown

It seems odds to be writing about Jake Paul, a Youtuber known for his shenanigans, terrible rap career and appearances on the Disney Channel, preparing for his professional boxing fights, but here we are.

Paul, frsh off his knockout win over former NBA star Nate Robinson, is now set to take on professional mixed martial artist Ben Askren on April 17 at 9:00 pm ET on Triller Fight Club.

Paul has a boxing career record of 2-0, but he’s never faced a professional fighter before. Meanwhile, Askren has a 19-2 record as a professional MMA fighter.

As we reported earlier in the week, the early rush of bets came in overwhelmingly in Paul’s favor. But, over the weekend, bettors have changed course.

Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Betting Market

If you think it’s odd seeing Jake Paul taking on Ben Askren, you’ll be even more surprised when you see the odds. As of Sunday, Jake Paul is a -165 favorite over Askren in their April 17 fight.

Yes, a youtuber is favored over a professional mixed martial artist in a boxing match. But, when you look a little bit deeper into Pual and Askren, it starts to make sense.

Paul is, by all accounts, a pretty decent-to-good boxer. He has shown power in the past and has knockout power, as he showed against Nate Robinson.

As for Askren, he is an accomplished mixed martial artist, but his striking has always left something to be desired. Askren is a world-class grappler, a two-time NCAA national champion while attending Missouri and a FILA Grappling world champion. But how much will that actually help him in a boxing match? According to oddsmakers, not much. Although, it’s important to note that Paul opened as a -280 favorite and has seen his odds shorten as we get closer to the bout.

Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Odds

FighterOddsImplied Probability
Jake Paul-16562.3%
Ben Askren+16038.5%

Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Online Betting

As we covered earlier this week, an insane 70% of all early betson Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren were backing Paul, the massive favorite, to win. But now, both oddsmakers and the betting public have begun to reverse course and back Askren to win.

Paul opened at -280 but, as you can see above, is down to -165 with just a few weeks until the fight gets underway. As for Askren, he was originally +195 and his best odds are currently +160, and he’s as short as +135 in some places.

So who are bettors backing now? Since Friday, 67.11% of bets have been on Askren to pull off the upset. 29.31% of bets have backed Paul while 3.58% of bettors are picking a draw (+1700)

Result% Of Bets This Past Weekend
Ben Askren Win67.11%
Jake Paul Win29.31%

How Do I Bet On the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Fight?

Like all professional boxing fights, online sportsbooks will take bets on the fight via their website or app. OddsChecker works with all the biggest US sportsbooks to make sure you get the best odds in your state.

Currently, the following seven online sportsbooks are taking bets on the fight:

- DraftKings

- FanDuel

- Unibet

- 888sport

- Bet America

- Resorts

- Sugar House

Each sportsbook operate in different states, so be sure to check out our state pages to see which sportsbook is offering odds in your state. You will find our state pages here, for example, here are links to our New Jersey State page and Indiana.

When Does The Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Fight Take Place?

The fight will take place on April 17, 2021, and the main event is scheduled to start around 9:00 pm ET, but we all know main events never start on time.

The fight is set to be shown on Triller Fight Club for $49.99.

You will be able to see the full fight card here.

How To Bet On Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren?

If you're looking to bet on Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren then we'd recommend signing up to FanDuel to do it. If you sign up to FanDuel then they'll give you a risk-free bet up to $1000. That means you can have a wager on the fight (up to $1000) and if it losses you'll get your account refunded with bonuses matching the amount you staked. It's risk-free so give it a go!

It's so simple to do, just follow our instructions:

1. Sign up to FanDuel using our exclusive link HERE

2. Deposit your funds

3. Make your first bet on Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren (up to $1000)

4. If it wins, then happy days. If it loses you'll get your stake refunded as bonus bets

How simple is that? There's no excuse to do not get involved if you want to bet on the fight.

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Brian is a sports journalist with close to ten years of experience in the business. A lifelong Philadelphia sports fan with a passion for all things sports gambling.

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