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YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul may finally have an opponent for his next exhibition bout.
The loud-mouth internet sensation has called out a host of huge fighting names after KO'ing NBA star Nate Robinson last month.
Paul wanted a boxing match with superstar Conor McGregor but may have to settle for fellow UFC man Ben Askren.
The 36-year-old retired from martial arts in November 2019 after back-to-back losses but looks ready to step back into the fighting game.
Askren has accepted Paul's shout, saying: "Yes, Mr Jake Paul, I do accept. I know you called me out after your last fight against the bum Nate Robinson.
"And listen, it's a pretty simple choice. I'm going to make a whole bunch of money to beat up a guy who is pretending to be an athlete.
"Because at the end of the day, that's what you're doing. And I know you may think I don't have too many stand-up skills, but also, I don't really need to. Okay?
"I'm a world-class athlete. I've won NCAA titles, I've been to the Olympics, won belts in multiple mixed martial arts organisations.
"And quite frankly, I am impressed that you've deluded yourself into thinking you're actually a fighter. That you're really tough, that you can really box.
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"It's quite impressive that beating up a YouTuber and beating up a boxer who looked like he'd never been in the ring before makes you, somehow, good at boxing. Because it doesn't."
But has Paul dodged a bullet and actually landed a winnable fight?
The 23-year-old called out former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and McGregor's former training partner Dillon Danis.
Askren, however, was on the end of the fastest KO in UFC history in his July 2019 loss to Masvidal, after a flying knee just five seconds into their showdown.
And Bellator MMA president Scott Coker thinks Paul will record another win when they step into the ring.
“I already know who’s gonna win that one,” Coker told MMA Junkie.
“Ben’s a wrestler, let’s put it that way, right? So I think he gets knocked out in a boxing fight. But in an MMA fight, it’s a different story.”
- Jake Paul
- Conor Mcgregor
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