It only gets harder from here.
YouTube sensation Jake Paul has not been shy about his desire to become a big-time boxer.
He has challenged Conor McGregor, Dana White, and some other famous names to fight. In his last pay-per-view event, Paul knocked former NBA player Nate Robinson out cold.
The only thing bigger than Paul’s mouth might be his ambition. And so, he’ll take the ring again on Saturday, in another step-up bout, this time against former MMA fighter Ben Askren.
Jake Paul odds in PA, Saturday fight details
The fight will held at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in Atlanta and will be broadcast at 9 p.m. Saturday on pay-per-view.
DraftKings PA has Paul as the favorite at -167 with Askren listed at +125.
Paul is 2-0 as a boxer with wins over another YouTuber, Ali Eson Gib, and Robinson.
Askren has an MMA record of 19-2-1 and is a former Bellator and ONE welterweight champion, but he has never boxed before. Askren’s background is in wrestling and he relied on it quite a bit during his MMA career, so Paul owns a slight edge in terms of experience.
“This is boxing versus MMA, and you’re going to see the difference,” Paul said during the fight press conference. “You’re going to see the difference of a wanna-be fighter, a guy who choked in the Olympics, a guy who choked in the UFC, and now a guy who is going to choke against Jake Paul. I’m going to end this guy’s career.”
DraftKings has wagers on winning method and other options as well
In three-way moneyline betting, Paul is -139, Askren is +159, and a tie would return a hefty +1400.
Bettors can also wager on whether or not the fight will go the distance. “Yes” has +162 odds and “No” is -225.
Additionally, DraftKings has wagers available on the fight’s winning method. Jake Paul by KO, TKO, or DQ is -110. Paul by points after eight rounds is +700. Askren by KO, TKO, or DQ is +400, while a victory by points is +300.
Paul will enter the ring with age on his side in addition to boxing experience. “The Problem Child” – which is Paul’s nickname – is only 24 years old. “Funky” Askren is 36.
Paul also has height on his side. He’s listed at 6-1 while Askren is 5-feet, 10-inches.
Paul vs. Askren pay-per-view features four total fights
The Paul-Askren main event will follow three undercard fights, which begin at 9 p.m. Fans can order the fight stream via FITE.tv, Triller Fight Club, or major cable/satellite providers for $49.95.
The announcing team will feature Snoop Dogg, who offered commentary on the Paul/Robinson fight previously, Mario Lopez, Pete Davidson, Victoria’s Secret model Taylor Hill and some Tik Tok stars as well.
Win or lose, it’s a safe bet that Paul will keep talking. He likely will keep fighting too.
And it will only get harder from here.