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Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Betting Preview
Jake Paul’s quest to become a legitimate and recognized fighter continues when he enters the ring on April 17 against former UFC fighter Ben Askren. Can he overcome his biggest challenge yet, or is Askren too much for the internet star?
After knocking out Nate Robinson on the undercard at Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr., Jake Paul is now taking on MMA fighter, Ben Askren. Despite Ben Askren being the much more seasoned fighter – 22 professional MMA fights – Jake Paul is opening the fight as the favourite.
Is Paul the favourite because he is a surprisingly good fighter with enough advantages to beat the more experienced Ben Askren, or are the online sportsbooks setting the odds knowing the public is going to hammer Paul and assume only a few sharp bettors will fade Askren to win. Let us figure this out in our Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren betting preview.
Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Betting Odds, Details, and Stats
|Fighter 1||Fighter 2|
|Jake Paul||1.44||Darw (15.00)||2.60||Ben Askren|
Jake Paul Fight Stats
- 2-0 in his boxing career
- 6 ft 0 in
- 76-inch reach
- 24 years old
Ben Askren Fight Stats
- 19-2-1 in MMA career
- 5 ft 10 in
- 72-inch reach
- 36 years old
The fight is currently scheduled for April 17 at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The main event start time should be between 11:30 PM and 12 AM. Paul and Askren will fight as cruiserweights – which is up to 200 lbs.
There are currently three fights on the undercard – including the Frank Mir making his professional boxing debut. The event also has Justin Bieber and Snoop Dog (plus some others) scheduled to perform between fights. The cost of the Pay-per-View in Canada is listed at $59.99 and available through cable and streaming platforms.
Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Predictions
After seeing the Jake Paul vs Ben Askren odds, it feels the first thing to look at is the fight between Paul and Nate Robinson. Jake Paul was the favourite in that and won handily – knocking out the former NBA Dunk Contest winner in the second round.
Robinson had an athletic advantage going into the fight – having played in the NBA as well as collegiate football at Washington. However, he had less experience fighting than Jake Paul.
To excel at combat sports, you need to have athleticism and experience. Nate Robinson had one (athletism). Askren has both.
Askren is a successful wrestler and MMA fighter. He has picked up Golds in both NCAA and international events. His MMA career was good enough to get him to the UFC, where he beat – albeit by submission – former Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler. However, after a 1-2 record in the UFC, Askren retired in 2019. Askren has yet to fight in a professional boxing match but does have five MMA wins in his career by TKO (punches).
Even retired, Askren is hand downs the most experienced of the three fighters Jake Paul has faced. And even if Paul is training hard, the Paul vs Askren odds point to much better value on Ben Askren. We thought about comparing this fight somehow to the Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight. However, we realized that was a foolish endeavour with some flawed comparisons.
Why Ben Askren is Gonna Win? Ben is a fighter. And an underdog.
If Jake Paul is a legitimate boxer, this is the fight he has to win, as this is the first real test he has faced. However, as much as he has trained, has he been hit by someone who has knocked out a former UFC champion? Unlikely.
Overall, picking Ben Askren is the better bet. While he may be older and a little smaller – although some people debate Jake Paul’s actual height – his experience and knockout power are enough to give him the edge in the ring against Jake Paul.
Pick: Ben Askren (2.60) to Win the Fight
Is There Value in Betting on a Draw?
After watching Tyson and Roy Jones end in a draw, you can argue there is value betting it will happen again in these exhibition fights. Maybe not a full unit, but a quarter unit wager is worth a hedge against your primary wager. Also, because the fight is only eight rounds – it has a higher chance of going the distance, which means there is a greater chance it ends in a draw.
Pick: Fight Ends in a Draw (15.00)
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