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The pair meet inside the boxing ring on April 17 and the disdain both men have for one another was evident at tonight's presser for the Triller event.
After trash-talking from both sides, the mandatory stare-down ended with former UFC fighter Askren shoving Paul in the face as he walked away.
Paul retaliated by punching 'Funky' rather weakly in the back and pushing him away.
Things got physical between Jake Paul and Ben Askren :eyes: pic.twitter.com/6SjUXv69jg- Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) March 26, 2021
lmao Ben Askren and Jake Paul stare down pic.twitter.com/ricvDmcrqo- Troydan (@Troydan) March 26, 2021
My boy ben askren wasn't even fazed from Jake Paul punch:skull::sob: pic.twitter.com/EjEqoF0qGa- Delusional (@delusionalpain_) March 26, 2021
During the press conference, Paul had trolled Askren by Face-Timing Jorge Masvidal, the man who knocked him off with a flying knee in a record-breaking five seconds at UFC 239.
In the build-up to this fight, Paul has enlisted the help of BMF champ Masvidal as he bids to knock out Askren even quicker than 'Gamebred' did.
He knocked out my opponent @benaskren in 5 seconds and now will help me do it in less time.. @gamebredfighter is teaching me his secrets... April 17th the fight will last less than 4 seconds and then we coming for @natediaz209 pic.twitter.com/IQWeyqh5oj- Jake Paul (@jakepaul) January 28, 2021
'The Problem Child' hit headlines with his brutal knockout of former NBA player Nate Robinson on the Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones undercard in November, moving to 2-0 in professional boxing.
Askren, with his impressive combat sports background, has never boxed professionally but is expecting to earn the biggest payday of his career next month.
"The first time (I was asked about the fight) they didn't offer me money. It was just 'Hey would you be interested?' and I said yeah, I'll think about it," Askren told Brendan Schaub on Food Truck Diaries, as per Bloody Elbow.
"They made me a nice offer, and it was something I wanted to do anyway, so I said sure... It's probably going to be the biggest payday of my career."
He also offered a prediction for when he believes he will put Paul away.
Askren added: "I said seventh round TKO, I think I'll stick with that. I'm not a power puncher, never have been. I've got like the slowest twitch muscle fibers ever on planet Earth, but I can last a really long time, so that's fantastic."
Askren and Paul will lock horns at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, with Justin Bieber and Snoop Dogg among those performing.
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