Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren wasn’t fixed. It was just a one-sided beatdown.
Paul, an athletic 24-year-old who has dedicated himself to professional boxing for a couple of years now, made easy work of the aging Askren who has never been known for his boxing ability.
We called the outcome back in January when the fight was announced in our video: “Jake Paul is going to KO Ben Askren…”
Paul showcased his improved boxing ability in two minutes leading up to the knockout punch. He was patient and picked apart Askren from range. After missing with two powerful right hands, Paul finally connected and sent Askren to the mat. Askren returned to his feet but was visibly impacted from the punch, leading to the referee ultimately deciding that he was unable to continue.
It was a fair referee stoppage and as Patrick Auger and Matthew Wells say in this video, it was at the right time to stop Askren from taking any further unnecessary damage.
“It’s been four months. I’ve been in training camp every day,” Paul said on Triller after the fight. “I deserved that s—. This is the craziest moment of my life.
“I told y’all I was going to do it in the first round. I told y’all I’m a real fighter. I don’t know how many times I’ve got to prove myself this is for real.”
What did you think of Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren? Did you think the fight was fixed or that Ben Askren threw the fight?
Auger and Wells provide expert opinion on the matter in an attempt to educate the masses who maybe don’t watch combat sports often.
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Jake Nichols is The Body Lock's Editor in Chief. Previously, he was the MMA Editor at RealSport.