YouTube star Jake Paul will face former MMA champion Ben Askren in an eight-round cruiserweight bout at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia (PPV, 9:00 p.m. ET) Saturday night. The bout will include a Triller Fight Club card that also includes a 10-round junior welterweight bout between former titlelist Regis Prograis and Ivan Redkach, as well as the return of former cruiserweight titlelist Steve Cunningham against former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir contains.
Paul (2-0, 2 KOs), 24, of Cleveland, Ohio, last fought on November 28, scoring a brutal knockout of former NBA star Nate Robinson in Round 2. On his professional debut, Paul defeated fellow YouTuber Ali Eson Gib in January 2020.
Last week Paul was accused by Justine Paradise of forcing her to engage in a sexual act without consent. Paul said in a statement that these allegations are false.
Askren, 36, is a former decorated amateur wrestler and preeminent MMA. He won welterweight titles for both Bellator and ONE Championship. Askren also competed in the UFC but was eliminated in 2019 after losing to Jorge Masvidal and Demian Maia in a row. This will be his professional boxing debut.
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Fight in progress: Quinton Randall versus William Jackson, 8 rounds, world weights
BOSKOE 100, Gonzoe Exhibition ends in a draw
The three-round exhibition between BOSKOE100 and Gonzoe, held in support of the Gloves Up Guns Down charity, had a comment from Snoop Dogg – and that was the most important element that worked for them. In the middle of the second round it was clear that both fighters were exhausted.
In the third round things got interesting when BOSKOE100 opened the round with a few hooks. But as in the two previous rounds, both fighters seemed to be wiped out by the 1-minute mark in the third round.
The two fighters got a tie with Snoop Dogg, naming the charity Gloves Up Guns Down the bigger winner.
Younan dominates Minda in the decisive victory
Junior Younan hadn’t fought in over two years. The sacking didn’t matter, however, as the undefeated Brooklyn fighter maintained his unbeaten record.
Younan won a unanimous decision over Jeyson Minda of Ecuador (78-71) after eight rounds of action on all three maps. There was no crackdown, and while there was some conversation between the two boxers in the final seconds of the fight, it was squashed after both fighters returned to their corners.
Aside from a couple of storms from Minda (14-5-0, 8 KO’s) in Round 5, Younan (16-0-1, 10 KO’s) seemed to be in control of the fight. However, Younan landed low punches on Minda twice, forcing referee Brian Stutts to take a point from Younan in the round.
The loss was Mindas fifth in his last six fights. His previous four losses were all by interruption. Minda had a pretty strong sixth round and got more aggressive as the fight progressed. In the seventh round, Minda was deducted one point for holding, and in the eighth round he lost another point for a low blow.
It was Younan’s first time in the ring since a unanimous win over Derrick Findley on March 9, 2019.
Still to come:
Jake Paul versus Ben Askren, 8 rounds, cruiser weights
Regis Prograis against Ivan Redkach, 10 rounds, junior world weights
Steve Cunningham versus Frank Mir, 8 rounds, heavyweights
Joe Fournier versus Andres Felipe Robledo Londono, 6 rounds, light heavyweights