UPDATE: Jake Paul won via first round TKO. Watch the finishing punch here.
YouTube star Jake Paul is set to face former MMA star Ben Askren Saturday, April 17th in an eight-round cruiserweight bout. The event is slated to start at 9:00 p.m. ET at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in Atlanta, Georgia. Ring walks for the main event are expected around 11:00 p.m. ET, depending on the length of the fights leading up to the match.
This will mark Paul’s third professional boxing match since gaining notoriety in social media circles, first on the video app Vine, then rising through the ranks of YouTube. He’s started his boxing career off 2-0 with two KOs. His first fight was against fellow YouTuber, Ali Eson Gib, and his second against former NBA player Nate Robinson. Though Askren is an experienced MMA fighter with a 19-2-1 record, this will be his first professional boxing match on the books.
When odds opened for the match, Paul was slightly favored with his moneyline odds at -130 and Askren’s odds at -103. As we’ve gotten closer to the fight, odds have leaned more heavily in favor toward Paul to win.
To go the distance
Jake Paul by KO, TKO, or DQ: -110
Jake Paul by points (after 8 rounds): +700
Ben Askren by KO, TKO, or DQ: +400
Ben Askren by points (after 8 rounds): +300
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