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Jake Paul vs Ben Askren results: Paul stops Askren inside 2 minutes
Not given that Conor McGregor drew Floyd Mayweather Jr. out of retirement has a boxing vs. Mixed Martial Arts crossover battle drawn such attention. Whether you like either fighter or the bout itself, the celeb boxing match in between YouTube experience Jake Paul and previous Bellator and ONE Champion titleholder Ben Askren could not be overlooked. Jake Paul vs Ben Askren results Practically 2 minutes into the bout, there was little to no action till Jake Paul landed a 1-2 mix that dropped Ben Askren and stopped the battle in the preliminary. That was it. No action. No accumulation. Simply an easy 2 minutes and the battle was over. Paul was absolutely the fighter that seemed in much better condition entering the battle. Askren, who normally battled at 170 pounds in combined martial arts, weighed in at a much-less-than-lean 191 pounds. Paul, by contrast, appeared like he had actually put in some tough hours training for the battle. It revealed a lot more in the ring. Askren, who stated he was getting most likely the greatest payday of his profession versus Paul, danced around the boxing ring without actually tossing much of a punch. However less than 2 minutes into the battle, Paul stung him with a jab and a straight right that put Askren on the canvas. He got up, trying to survive a standing eight count, but the referee waved off the fight, as Triller Fight Club co-founder Snoop Dogg, providing commentary, yelled into the mic, “Finish him, finish him.” Askren initially looked upset at the quick stoppage. He later said that he told the referee that he was fine, but the referee said, no, you’re not, and then waved off the fight. But that was the end of weeks of build-up. The commentary was certainly a bit off from what is typically considered to be professional in the sports world, but then again, Triller Fight Club isn’t your traditional combat sports presentation. Impartiality isn’t a requirement. “I thought I was fine, but that’s [the referee’s] job, if that’s what he felt, that’s fine,” Askren said in his post-fight commentary, also indicating that he wasn’t overly fazed by the quick stop. “No, I’m gonna take about a million dollars home in the bank and I’m gonna coach some wrestling,” Askren said, adding that he didn’t intend to return to combat sports. “I will not be back again. I will not be in any sort of cage.” Asked what was next for Paul, Snoop Dogg said that he though “the guy in the pink shorts” would be next, later confirming that he meant Joe Fournier, a 9-0 boxer that stopped musician Reykon earlier in the night on Saturday’s boxing card. Paul said he was “going to do whatever” he wanted after beating Askren, before adding, “I don’t know what’s next for me. I’m just gonna enjoy my life for a second.” After the fight, Snoop Dogg was on camera yelling out a message to UFC president Dana White, saying repeatedly, “Dana White, where my money at?” White had said on a Mike Tyson podcast appearance in the lead-up to the fight that he would bet a million dollars that Askren would win. Snoop Dogg countered that the bet should be 2 million dollars, evidently what he was referring to in his on-air comments. Jake Paul stops Ben Askren Snoop Dogg at Triller Battle Club (Photos courtesy of Triller) TRENDING > UFC Vegas 24 live results: Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum Triller Fight Club: Jake Paul vs Ben Askren results Jake Paul def. Ben Askren by TKO (punches) at 1:59, R1Regis Prograis def. Ivan Redkach by technical decisionSteve Cunningham def. Frank Mir by unanimous decisionJoe Fournier def. Reykon by TKO (corner interruption) at 3:00, R2Junior Younan def. Jeyson Minda via consentaneous decisionQuinton Randall def. William Jackson through consentaneous choice
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.