Jake Paul v Ben Askren Odds, Tips & Prediction

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Jake Paul v Ben Askren odds

You knew something bizarre was coming soon in the world of combat sports and here it is.

Former ONE and Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren will meet YouTuber Jake Paul on April 17th in what has been labelled as an eight-round boxing bout. Askren, who retired from MMA with an excellent 19-2 record, has not fought since he lost to Demian Maia and he will have his work cut out in a match which will no doubt test the ex-UFC man more so than many may realise.

We take a look at the Jake Paul v Ben Askren odds and our Paul v Askren prediction.

Jake Paul Odds v Ben Askren

Paul has become one of the most famous names in combat sports this past year, but not quite for the reasons sports fans want. The American's flashy, trash-talking nature has catapulted him to the top of the trends list and he is now grabbing the attention of every MMA and boxing star out there, but not necessarily because of his talents, and more so because of a big cheque.

The 24-year-old has fought three times in front of the cameras, two of which were sanctioned professional bouts, the other an amateur contest. In truth, in all three of these battles, Paul has comfortably won. However, his fight with AnEsonGib was nothing short of embarrassing and there can be absolutely no disputing the fact that the Englishman should not have been allowed to lace a pair of gloves in the professional ring, as he was dismantled inside the first minute.

Secondly, his match with former NBA star, Nate Robinson, was also a clear sign of Paul being matched up with men who are not at the standard to comfortably hold themselves in the ring, especially as Paul weighed in at nearly 10lbs heavier, making it already a mismatch within itself and one which any boxing federation would not have sanctioned. Similarly to AnEsonGib, Robinson was knocked out early after falling flat on his face with a brutal knockout from the YouTube sensation in the second round.

It's clear that Paul can hold his own. The American has knockout power and although the likes of Robinson and AnEsonGib were no more than glorified punching bags, Paul still had to deliver a certain extent of power to get the KO win, and he did just that.

The Ohio native has clearly dedicated time and used his millions wisely to invest in a proper boxing camp. As a result, we're seeing the effects of what can happen with time, money and dedication to a trade as Paul now sits as the 4/5 favourite with Paddy Power and there can be no disputing the fact he is a decent boxer, just not one in which deserves much attention in the professional ranks.

Jake Paul v Ben Askren Odds

skybet betting tip

JAKE PAUL TO WIN @ 4/5

Ben Askren Odds v Jake Paul

Askren has been one of the best mixed martial artists in recent times, despite having a poor UFC record when he joined the company at 33. In fact, "Funky" was 18-0 prior to his UFC debut against the legendary Robbie Lawler, where he won via bulldog choke in round one. Askren would then be knocked out in the most famous way possible at the hands of Jorge Masvidal, who left him unconscious within five seconds - a UFC record.

Askren's talents in the grand scheme of things as an MMA star cannot be disputed. The four-time All-American won the Bellator welterweight title and defended it a record four times, whilst he also won the ONE welterweight title and defended it three times before heading to the UFC.

However, in all of these 19 wins across an illustrious MMA career, the American never outboxed anybody or looked like a genuine threat in the standup department, leaving all his might down to his sensational wrestling game. Askren does have TKO wins on his record, six to be exact, but each of them have come through ground and pounds and not because of superior boxing skills.

In fact, he was looked at as one of the worst boxers in the UFC at the time of him joining, and his dismal striking display against Maia was evidence of how he might struggle against Paul. Unfortunately for Askren, he really is a poor boxer and clearly has never dedicated time to the trade, but in MMA, this isn't always needed.

This is a close one to call, because at the end of the day, Askren made his MMA debut when Paul was just 12 years old, so naturally, regardless of his boxing skills, the former Bellator champion should have some degree of boxing stored away. It might not be of an elite standard, as he was able to use his superior wrestling more so, but within 12 years of professional MMA, Askren must have something in his locker other than wrestling to put away a man who has just two years of boxing experience.

What will also be a struggle for Askren is the size difference. Once again, just like when Paul fought AnEsonGib and Robinson, the American will come in much taller (3 inches) and heavier, as Askren comfortably fought at 170 lbs throughout his career, whilst Paul weighed in at 189 lbs in his last bout. Again, a boxing federation simply would not have sanctioned this, as Paul is once again choosing the smaller man to build his portfolio, and this is why Askren is the 1/1 underdog.

Jake Paul v Ben Askren Odds

skybet betting tip

BEN ASKREN TO WIN @ 1/1

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