Former Bellator and ONE champion Ben Askren remains to be unsure why a lot of the general public was excited about final Saturday’s boxing match with Youtube star Jake Paul.
“Why was the general public so excited about two guys who weren’t superb at boxing, boxing?” Askren mentioned to ESPN. “It is sort of thoughts blowing.”
Askren, who gave the impression to be off form and had no boxing expertise, was stopped within the first spherical.
There wasn’t a lot of a shock, as Paul had much more expertise in boxing, was a lot greater, youthful and stronger.
However, Askren acquired a giant paycheck – with some insiders indicating that the retired MMA fighter raked in $1 million.
So far as the massive loss, Askren does not appear to care that a lot in regards to the final result.
He is extra stunned that such a big viewers grew to become fascinated with the battle.
“What does [the fight] imply to me? It doesn’t suggest something. A battle that does not imply something to me, the way in which it captured the general public’s consideration and everybody had an opinion on it — was so fascinating,” Askren mentioned.
“This can be a battle that had little significance in my life and the [Jorge] Masvidal battle had gigantic significance.”
Within the battle with Paul, Askren was hit with massive proper hand – and he went down exhausting.
Askren was capable of get to his ft, however he received up too rapidly and was stumbling on shaky legs – which pressured a swift stoppage by the referee.
There have been many offended followers who took to social media – claiming the competition was fastened and/or Askren took a dive.
“[A dive] positively did not occur,” Askren mentioned. “I received hit. The query I’ve for these individuals is, what do I acquire by it? I informed you guys what I made for this battle. It was a really good pay test. I am additionally not destitute and poor. What do I acquire by that? The reply is nothing. I’d really lose rather a lot. It isn’t one thing that may ever cross my thoughts.
“Perhaps he is good. I do not assume so. I believe I simply did not defend the overhand proper rather well and perhaps he does land that punch exhausting. However it’s nonetheless TBD, as a result of he is gonna battle in all probability anyone who’s vital higher at boxing than I’m. If he beats them, we’ll see.”