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Paul vs. Askren results: Jake Paul starches Ben Askren in under two minutes

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The biggest mystery about Jake Paul heading into his fight with Ben Askren on Saturday night was whether he could defeat a combat sports fighter.

In a card filled with more musical performances than matches — thanks to Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, and Ice Cube — Paul ended the unusual fight card in devastating fashion by knocking out Askren at the 1:59 mark of the first round, live from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

 
 

"This is the craziest moment of my life," Paul said in his post-fight interview. "I told y'all I was gonna do it in the first round. I told y'all I'm a real fighter. I don't know how many times I gotta prove myself that this is for real."

After being led out by a robot to the ring, Paul got straight down to business. The 24-year-old pumped the jab and worked the body to let Askren know that he wouldn't go right for the jugular. Askren landed a right hand to remind Paul that he wasn't going to just lay down for him.

Paul started getting into a rhythm when he connected on a crisp left followed by a right hand. The social media star snapped a jab and then blistered Askren with a right hand that sent the retired MMA fighter face-first to the canvas.

Askren took the mandatory eight count and made it back to his feet. Paul rushed in, but the referee sent him back to the corner. That gave Askren a few more seconds to gather himself so he could continue.

However, the referee waved the fight off to Askren's chagrin, and Paul jumped up on the turnbuckle with an explosion of fireworks. Askren left the ring immediately, upset with the early stoppage.

Paul is now 3-0 with three knockouts. But did Paul quiet the critics?

To be taken seriously, Paul’s going to need to face a legitimate fighter and not someone who isn't a competent striker. You can see he has some skills, and the dedication is there, but the jury will be out on Paul until he does that. 

Here is what happened at Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren. 

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Jake Paul finishes Ben Askren in under two minutes

Paul def. Askren via knockout at 1:59 of the first round. Paul starts things with a crisp right hand to the body. Askren is trying to get on the inside. Paul lands a jab and blasts Askren with a detonating right hand to send him to the canvas.

Askren gets up at the count of eight. It appeared things would continue but the referee waved it off even though Askren said he was ready to go. 
 

Jake Paul with a robot

Jake Paul makes a spectacular entrance.
 

Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren time

It's time for the main event as Jake Paul battles Ben Askren. 

The trash talk has been slinged both ways. Who's going to get it done?
 

Regis Prograis wins unusual decision

Prograis def. Redkach by technical decision (60-54, 60-54, 59-54). It was unknown on what the result would be and the ring announcer was baffled for a moment. 

It certainly looked like Redkach was looking for a way out. Prograis had things well in control and was only a matter of time before he put Redkach away.  The win is Prograis' second in a row since losing the WBA (super) junior welterweight title to Josh Taylor. It'll be interesting to see what the next move is for Prograis. Will continue to force the issue for an Adrien Broner fight or wait for the winner of the May 22 tilt between Taylor and Jose Ramirez?

An unusual ending for what has been an unusual fight card.
 

The fight is over

Prograis began the sixth round a man on a mission. He is attacking Redkach with right hands to the body and left hands upstairs. Prograis lands a right hand to the kidneys to send Redkach to the canvas. Redkach is telling the referee he got hit with a low blow even though it's clear it was a right hand to the body. 

The ringside doctors are now in the ring. Redkach has five minutes to recover or the fight is over. 

There is a stretcher now in the ring that is going to take Redkach off and it is all over. We are awaiting what the result is going to be. 
 

Prograis-Redkach Round 5

Prograis isn't coming out aggressive to begin the round which is a bit surprising since he looked to have Redkach on the ropes at the end of the fourth round. Prograis is feinting well, slipping out of the way and snapping the jab. Redkach's corner needs to change up the plan as Prograis is making it look easy as we are halfway through the fight. (10-9 Prograis, 50-45 Prograis)
 

Prograis-Redkach Round 4

Once again, Prograis comes out a man possessed. He stuns Redkach with another overhand left. A straight left stuns Redkach once again. Redkach tries to come back with an uppercut but is blocked by Prograis. The former junior welterweight champion blasts Redkach with combination and is in trouble. Prograis is throwing a barrage of shots and Redkach is saved by the bell. (10-9 Prograis, 40-36 Redkach)
 

Prograis-Redkach Round 3

Prograis comes right out and crack Redkach with a stiff overhand left that snaps the latter's head back. Redkach is trying to fight back but the shots are getting blocked. Too much feinting and not enough activity from Redkach. (10-9 Prograis, 30-27 Prograis)
 

Prograis-Redkach Round 2

Prograis is staying composed and not overcommiting to any of his shots. A left hand by Prograis stuns Redkach once again. A combination by Prograis pushes Redkach back. Redkach isn't doing much. He needs to pick it up and in a hurry. (10-9 Prograis, 20-18 Prograis)
 

Prograis-Redkach Round 1

Both guys are gauging distance and trying to time one another. A left hand stuns Redkach for a moment. Redkach needs to throw. He's becoming a standing target. He can't do that the entire fight and expect to win. (10-9 Prograis)

 

 

Co-main event time

It's time for the co-main event of Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren as Regis Prograis squares off with Ivan Redkach in junior welterweight action. 

Prograis and Redkach are former sparring partners with the former breaking the latter's nose. Prograis (25-1, 21 KOs) last fought in October, stopping Juan Heraldez in the third round. 

Redkach (23-5, 18 KOs) fights for the first time in 15 months when he lost to former two-division champion Danny Garcia.

Good to see a real boxing matchup. 
 

Steve Cunningham wins easy decision over Frank Mir

Cunningham def. Mir by unanimous decision (60-54, 60-54, 58-56). I'm shocked a judge gave Mir two rounds. Cunningham dominated throughout. Cunningham was precise with his strikes as he mainly focused on the body, threw and landed more punches. 

Give Mir a little credit. He hung tough for all six rounds, showed decent movement and connected on an occasional punch. 
 

Steve Cunningham in control

Through three rounds, Cunningham is very well in control. He's throwing and landing the harder shots.

The former UFC heavyweight champion needs to start letting the hands go and try to put Cunningham in some danger.
 

Finally more fights

The fights return at Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren as Frank Mir faces off with Steve Cunningham in heavyweight action.

Mir, former two-time UFC heavyweight champion, is making his boxing debut. 

Cunningham (29-9-1, 13 KOs), a former cruiserweight champion, returns to action for the first time since losing via unanimous decision to Andrew Tabiti on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr.- Conor McGregor in August 2017.

Can Mir pull off the upset?

 

Oscar De La Hoya interview

"The Golden Boy" Oscar De La Hoya joins the set as he previews his return to the ring on July 3. De La Hoya said he decided to make a comeback when Mike Tyson returned at the end of November against Roy Jones Jr.
 

The music continues

Doja Cat is now taking the stage. We are approaching two hours and have only had one fight. 
 

What a slap

The big and crazy Hawaiian puts his hands on the Bear Man, rears back and slapped him as hard as he could and sent him to the floor for the apparent victory.

Then he puts his arm around Ric Flair and they do Flair's customary WOOO! 

This is actually happening. 
 

Slapfight featuring Ric Flair

Pro Wrestling icon Ric Flair enters the cage to referee a slapfight. You heard that correctly. The participants haven't been named.
 

Teofimo Lopez, George Kambosos Jr. interviews

Three-belt lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez and IBF mandatory challenger George Kambosos are joining the broadcast to hype up their title clash on June 5. 

Lopez and Kambosos are slinging the insults at one another saying they are going to destroy one another. 
 

Ben Askren has a stern message for Pete Davidson

Before he competes inside the boxing ring for the first time, Askren has a message for Pete Davidson, who admitted to Jake Paul that isn't a fan of "Funky".
 

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