We are less than two weeks away from the Ben Askren vs. Jake Paul boxing pay-per-view on Saturday, April 17 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
Many believe Askren, a seasoned veteran in combat sports, has the upper hand and world-renowned MMA coach Firas Zahabi tends to agree.
Not only does Zahabi think Askren has the advantage, he predicts the former MMA champ will “maul” the YouTuber in a dirty fight. In fact, Zahabi goes as far as to predict Askren will make things as dirty as possible and could even slam Paul to the mat, because he isn’t worried about getting disqualified.
“Ben Askren is going to maul him in the clinch, dirty box him. He’s going to get warned by the referee, but it doesn’t matter,” Zahabi said on his YouTube channel, as transcribed by Bloody Elbow. “Barring the exception that Askren’s chin is finished (after that Masvidal KO), Askren is going to maul him. It’s not going to be pretty. It’s going to be a dirty fight. It’s going to be a seesaw battle a little bit early on, then all of a sudden Jake is going to fatigue and Ben Askren will be all over him.
“He’ll throw him on the floor, ragdoll him. Maybe even picks up and slams Jake Paul once or twice. It would not surprise me. Ben Askren probably doesn’t have a clause where if he gets disqualified, he doesn’t get paid. In my opinion, Ben Askren doesn’t care if he gets disqualified. He’s going to pull on his head, step on his feet — shove him so he’s off-balanced, and it’s going to be a mauling.
“How is he gonna pick and poke, stick and move and stay away from Askren? Once they lock up, once they lock up, I guarantee you, Jake’s battery is going to start to drain.”
Triller’s pay-per-view event will come with a $49.99 price tag, according to a release.
The play-by-play announcers for the event will be more traditional voices for the boxing crowd in Ray Flores, Al Bernstein, and Mike Coppinger.
Triller previously announced a star-studded musical lineup for the event as well, proving that they are looking to put on a show to remember.
The lineup will include Justin Bieber, Snoop Dogg, Saweetie, The Black Keys, Doja Cat, and Diplo. Snoop’s rap supergroup, Mt. Westmore, with Ice Cube, E-40, and Too $hort, will be making its debut at the event.
Who do you think will come out on top?