Whether you love him or hate him, you must admit that Jake Paul knows how to promote himself.
The YouTuber-turned-boxer was a big reason why last year’s Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. pay-per-view hit more than one million purchases. Tyson headlined the card, of course, but FITE TV CEO Mike Weber told Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole that Paul’s knockout victory against former NBA player Nate Robinson shouldn’t be overlooked when discussing the success of the event.
“Tyson is like Muhammad Ali; everyone knows the name. If you don’t follow boxing, if you don’t know a thing about boxing, you still know who Mike Tyson is,” Weber said. “One of the other reasons for the high [sales] success of this is Jake Paul. … If you want to give people on the card credit for sales, I think it’s fair to say Tyson brought in 40, 50 percent of the buyers. But Jake Paul brought in 40 percent, too, and Snoop Dogg [as a commentator] had a big impact.”
Now Paul is hoping to carry over the momentum of his last win when he faces retired mixed martial artist Ben Askren at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday night. Paul has once again built up plenty of hype around the event and could be in line for a big payday. But will he be able to defeat someone with legitimate combat experience and prove he is more than just a novelty act?
Here’s everything you need to know about watching the Paul vs. Askren fight.
What channel is Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren on?
What time does Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren start?
- Date: Saturday, April 17
- Time: 9 p.m. ET | 6 p.m. PST
The Paul vs. Askren fight is expected to take place at approximately 9 p.m. ET on Saturday. There are three other fights on the card, so the main event could be pushed back depending on how long the earlier bouts last.
Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren card
- Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren; Cruiserweights
- Regis Prograis vs. Ivan Redkach; Junior Welterweights
- Steve Cunningham vs. Frank Mir; Heavyweights
- Joe Fournier vs. Reykon; Light Heavyweights
Jake Paul record and bio
Born: January 17, 1997
Reach: 76 inches
Total fights: 2
Record: 2-0 (2 KOs)
Ben Askren record and bio
Born: July 18, 1984
Reach: 72 inches
Total fights: 22
Record: 19-2-1 (6 KOs, 6 submissions, 7 decisions as MMA fighter)