Jake Paul-Ben Askren betting preview: How good is Paul?

LAS VEGAS — When he is presented openly, Jake Paul is generally described as “a YouTube sensation,” although, by his own admission, Paul is no longer a YouTuber.

After thinking of it for a while, Paul stated he chooses to be described as a professional athlete, or a fighter, since that’s what he is.

His fitness instructor, B.J. Flores, firmly insists with a straight face that he has the capability to end up being a great one. That might well be so.

However on Saturday night when he enters the ring at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Atlanta to deal with ex-Bellator and ONE champ Ben Askren, he will do so as an expert fighter who has yet to deal with a fighter in the ring.

Paul is 2-0 with 2 knockouts, and his bouts protested another person who might be described as a YouTube feeling — simply a bit less of a feeling than Paul — and a previous NBA slam dunk champ.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 26:  Jake Paul (L) and Ben Askren face off during a news conference for Triller Fight Club's inaugural 2021 boxing event at The Venetian Las Vegas on March 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Paul and Askren will face each other in the main event that will take place on April 17, 2021, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Jake Paul (L) and Ben Askren will box Saturday night in Atlanta. (Picture by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Askren may be the last person UFC president Dana White would select if White was required to select among his professional athletes to represent combined martial arts in a boxing match.

However unlike Paul, Askren is a long-lasting professional athlete who has actually stood out for many years in battle sports. He’s remained in the cage with Robbie Lawler and Jorge Masvidal. He’s won NCAA Department I battling champions and a U.S. championship game. He contended in the 2008 Olympics.

This is a person, no matter how bad you might examine his striking to be, who understands what it’s like to be in the battle, and won’t wilt under the pressure.

We don’t understand how Paul is going to respond, as he yielded himself.

“You would think the guy who is 19-2 and is a two-time NCAA champ, an Olympic athlete who is in this game for years and years would be the favorite,” stated Paul, who is now a -200 preferred at BetMGM.

Askren is +150, though the line has actually been bouncing around. However it makes little sense to make a play on Paul, who, even if Flores is informing the fact about and has a great deal of skill, has actually never ever done it versus an elite fighter. Or, for that matter, any fighter of any type, duration.

So offer me the plus cash on Askren to win throughout the day. I’ll put 3 systems on Askren at +150, running the risk of $300 to earn a profit of $450.

Other plays:

  • I will wager Demetrius Andrade to win at -350 over Liam Williams.

  • I will likewise take Andrade at even cash to win by choice.

  • I will lay -450 on Regis Prograis to win by KO or TKO over Ivan Redkach.

  • I will take Steve Cunningham to win by KO/TKO and lay the -350.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.