Ben Askren threatens to 'humiliate' Jake Paul in upcoming fight as training footage emerges of ex-UFC star boxingMarch 3, 2021
BEN ASKREN has promised to 'humiliate' Jake Paul in their upcoming fight as footage of the ex-UFC star training emerged.
The retired former MMA champion makes his boxing debut on April 17, facing 2-0 Paul.
Askren, renowned for his grappling, has been preparing for the bout with coach Cornelius Bundrage, an ex-boxing champion.
Recent videos show the pair training together, drilling shadow boxing and pad work.
Askren, 36, then gave the biggest insight yet into his camp by posting a clip of a sparring session.
The American comes into the fight having won welterweight titles with Bellator and ONE Championship before signing for the UFC in 2019.
But after three bouts, and two losses, Askren hung up his gloves and underwent hip surgery last year.
YouTuber Paul, 24, turned pro in 2020, having only boxed once before in an exhibition bout in 2018.
But he already has two knockouts in as many fights, although he only beat online rival 'AnEsonGib' and ex-NBA player Nate Robinson, 36.
Despite Askren's lifetime of experience in MMA, his lack of proven striking skills leave him as the betting underdog.
But still he has warned that he will beat Paul into an ugly submission.
Askren said: "I feel great, just tremendous. Boxing stuff is really starting to come together.
"I can't promise you it's going to be the prettiest thing you ever saw – although my face is pretty – my combat skills are not, they are unique, they are different.
"But here's what I can tell you; you will witness the humiliation of Jake Paul. You will witness one man breaking another man's will.
"And that man Jake Paul, will give up and be humiliated in front of millions of people, live on Triller on April 17th."
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