Freddie Roach surprised by Ben Askren’s strength

Jake Paul, whom Hall of Popularity fitness instructor Freddie Roach describes not-so-lovingly as “The YouTube Boob,” is a substantial preferred over Ben Askren when they fulfill Saturday (9 p.m. ET, Triller/PPV) in the primary occasion of a Triller Battle Club card at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Atlanta.

Paul is 2-0, with wins versus another YouTube star and a previous NBA slam dunk champ. His fitness instructor, previous cruiserweight B.J. Flores, firmly insists that Paul is not simply a celeb who has actually relied on boxing to make a couple of fast paydays.

“Believe me, Jake can fight,” Flores stated.

It’s a point that other fighters who have actually seen Paul train, consisting of previous undeniable welterweight champ Zab Judah, have actually backed. Those 2 battles are the level of Paul’s boxing profession, yet it’s practically as if Askren is being crossed out. 

Paul is a -175 preferred at BetMGM. Askren is +145.

Askren, who will apparently make $1 million, is making his boxing launching, however he has a long and effective performance history in fight sports.

He was the previous Bellator and ONE welterweight champ who retired from Mixed Martial Arts at 19-2 after hip replacement surgical treatment.

He likewise won 2 NCAA Department I battling championship games, had 2 runners-up and won a U.S. championship game.

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - OCTOBER 26: (R-L) Ben Askren punches Demian Maia of Brazil in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Singapore Indoor Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

(R-L) Ben Askren punches Demian Maia in their welterweight bout throughout UFC Battle Night at Singapore Indoor Arena on Oct. 26, 2019 in Singapore. (Picture by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC through Getty Images)

He was never ever understood for his striking in Mixed Martial Arts, however Roach was happily amazed after working with Askren for 6 days. He stated Askren strike difficult and remained in amazing physical condition.

“He got off the plane and came over to work and he did 12 rounds straight on the mitts no problem,” Roach stated.

Footwork is the most significant concern that Askren will deal with Saturday night, Roach stated. Mixed Martial Arts fighters utilize various positions than fighters due to the fact that of the range of attacks — punches, elbows, knees, kicks, takedowns — they deal with. Fighters train particularly to prevent and toss punches.

This issues Roach, a member of the International Boxing Hall of Popularity who is considered among a handful of the best fitness instructors in the sport’s history.

Paul strongly knocked out ex-NBA slam dunk champ Nate Robinson, an excellent well-rounded professional athlete whose boxing method was all however non-existent. Paul never ever conjectured because battle. He was struck a bit in his launching versus Ali Eson Gib, who like Paul made his popularity through YouTube, however still won a first-round TKO while scoring 3 knockdowns.

Askren appeared to absorb his mentors rapidly, Roach stated, and amazed him with his punching power.

“He hits hard; very hard,” Roach stated. “He hit me on the chin one day and I can tell you, I felt that.”

Roach stated Askren boxes out of a lower position than lots of fighters, and thinks that will assist him in the tactical plan they developed. Roach isn’t dismissive of Paul however stated he felt Askren would win.

“Honestly, I think he has everything he needs to beat this guy,” Roach stated. “But he has to fight the right fight. He knows that. We’ve come up with a good game plan and as long as he sticks to it, I think he will win, yes.”

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.