Ben Askren admits 'it's f***ing embarrassing' as ex-UFC star reflects on first-round KO loss to YouTuber Jake PaulApril 18, 2021
BEN ASKREN admitted 'it's f***ing embarrassing' as he reflected on his first-round loss to YouTuber Jake Paul.
The former UFC welterweight was knocked out after two minutes following a one-two combination.
Askren was subject to ridicule online as he was stopped by the social media star – but later admitted it was justifiable.
He said: "It's probably deserved. I got knocked out by Jake Paul, it's f***ing embarrassing."
Paul moved to 3-0 in his professional boxing career, all by KO and celebrated with rapper Snoop Dogg, who also commentated.
He said: "Just a couple of years ago, my teachers were making fun of me in class, telling me I can't do nothing, telling me I wasn't smart.
"My schoolmates making fun of me. I used to landscape. I just had a dream and I chased it and I worked hard.
"To think that I'm standing here next to these legends, these legends right here, it's unbelievable."
Paul, 24, dedicated his win to his bodyguard Shamir 'Shadow' Bolivar, who sadly passed away earlier this month.
He remarked: "This is for Shadow, my security guard, who passed away ten days ago.
"He told me I would knock him out in the first round. He said he had a vision, a dream.
"This has been the hardest ten days of my life. I had to hold it together to keep it going. And I'm just honoured to be here."
Paul recorded his biggest win to date, having only previously beaten ex-NBA player Nate Robinson, 36, and online rival 'AnEsonGib'.
He said: "I told y'all I was gonna do it in the first round. I told y'all I'm a real fighter.
"I don't know how many times I've gotta prove myself that this is for real."
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