Jake Paul is a perfect 2-0 as a professional boxer. But that record was achieved against a fellow YouTuber in AnEsonGib and a former NBA player in Nate Robinson.
Can Paul notch a win over a legitimate fighter, though? The world is about to find out, as Paul will throw hands with retired mixed martial artist Ben Askren at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and live on pay-per-view on Saturday night.
After knocking out Gib and sleeping Robinson, turning the former three-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion into an instant meme for the ages, the 24-year-old Paul is super confident that he'll hammer the final nail in the fighting career of the 36-year-old Askren.
"This is boxing versus MMA, and you're going to see the difference," Paul said during the fight press conference last month. "You're going to see the difference of a wanna-be fighter, a guy who choked in the Olympics, a guy who choked in the UFC, and now a guy who is going to choke against Jake Paul. I'm going to end this guy's career."
Despite having emphatically lost back-to-back UFC fights — to Jorge Masvidal by flying knee in five seconds and being submitted by Demian Maia in 2019 — Askren vows that he won't be bullied by the YouTuber, Paul.
Will Paul make Askren his latest viral hit, or will Askren show enough boxing ability to hand the young YouTuber his first pro loss?
Here's everything you need to know about the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren card.
When is Paul vs. Askren? Date, start time
- Date: Saturday, Apr. 17
- Time: 9 p.m. ET/1 a.m. GMT
The Paul vs. Askren card launches Saturday, April 17 at 9 p.m. ET, which is 2 a.m. Sunday, April 18 in the UK.
Main event ring walk times depend on how long the earlier bouts last.
What stream is Paul vs. Askren?
- U.S.: Triller Fight Club
- U.K.: FITE TV
Where is the Paul vs. Askren fight?The card takes place at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. This will mark the third major city that Paul fights in, as he has already checked Miami and Los Angeles off his list. Askren has never fought in Atlanta.
Jake Paul record and bio
- Nationality: American
- Date of birth: Jan. 17, 1997
- Height: 6'1"
- Reach: 76"
- Total fights: 2
- Record: 2-0 (2 KOs)
Ben Askren record and bio
- Nationality: American
- Date of birth: July 18, 1984
- Height: 5'10"
- Reach: 72"
- Total fights: 22
- Record: 19-2-1 no contest (6 KOs, 6 submissions, 7 decisions)
Paul vs. Askren card
- Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren; Cruiserweights
- Regis Prograis vs. Ivan Redkach; Junior Welterweights
- Steve Cunningham vs. Frank Mir; Heavyweights
- Joe Fournier vs. Reykon; Light Heavyweights