By Stewart Perrie
Jake Paul is staring down a very lucrative payday after his boxing bout with former UFC fighter Ben Askren.
He's claimed on Instagram there was a whopping 1.3 million pay-per views for the fight that happened over the weekend.
According to the YouTuber-cum-fighter, that equates to US$6.5 million.
It's unclear how much of a cut Paul will receive from that juicy payout, however it's likely to be incredibly high. The fight was broadcast by Triller, which Jake is an investor in.
When speaking to ESPN last year after his fight with former NBA player Nate Robinson, Jake said he made 'eight figures' from the bout, meaning he netted at least $10 million in his pocket.
He added: "My deal was built into the back-end structure of how well the event performed. The event performed incredibly well."
That fight, which also included the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr fight, managed to bring in more than a million PPVs. So we can safely assume this will be a big pay day for Paul.
That's also on top of his initial salary for signing up to the fight, which was US$690,000. Askren was paid $500,000 but the biggest pay went to Regis Prograis in the undercard fight.
It's a pretty decent pay day for Paul considering the fight only lasted one round. Incredible ringside footage shows the exact moment the YouTuber connected with Askren, knocking him down to the canvas with a thunderous right hand.
The ringside view of Jake Paul's TKO. @ESPNRingside pic.twitter.com/YgasSH1Br4- SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 18, 2021
In the clip, someone from the side can be heard saying, 'just touch', then, a second later, the 24-year-old throws his right hand.
Despite Askren's valiant attempt to get back to his feet and continue the fight, the ref called an end to the match, with Paul racing over to his corner and jumping on the ropes.
In his post-fight interview, Jake Paul said he couldn't believe how far he had come, adding: "Just a couple of years ago, my teachers would make fun of me in class, telling me I can't do nothing, telling me I wasn't smart.
"My schoolmates making fun of me, I used to landscape. I just had a dream and I chased it and worked hard.
"To think I'm here standing next to these legends, it's unbelievable."
"I've been in training camp every day, I deserved that s**t. This is the craziest moment of my life. I told y'all I was going to do it in the first round, I told y'all I'm a real fighter.
"I don't know how many times I've got to prove myself that this is for real."
In a tweet following the fight, Askren, 36, apologised for his performance.
He simply wrote: "Sorry world :(."
Featured Image Credit: Jake Paul/Instagram
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