I’m still here, FYI. There just hasn’t been any boxing in about an hour or so.
Joe Fournier (9-0, 9 KOs) TKO 2 over Reykon (0-1): It’s the reggaeton performer vs. an entrepreneur who actually used to be a pro boxer with some impressive power. If this gets into the second round, I’ll be shocked.
OK, it goes into at least the second round. Fournier is mostly working to the body. But he allows Reykon to survive. I think. Triller spent the last 30 seconds of the round focused on Pete Davidson joining the commentators table. Big left hook by Fournier put Reykon down about 30 seconds into the second round. Reykon gets up, though, and fights on. And Fournier goes down again with about a minute to go. And again, he gets up. Hey! Nobody can question this guy’s heart.
And before the fight goes into the third, the fight is stopped. And for good reason.
First up is the Black Keys with a musical performance. Wait, I thought this group had only two guys in it. Why are there, like, six guys on stage?
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Preview: Now that all the predictions have been made and all the trash-talk has been uttered, it’s nearly time to see what will happen in the ring when Jake Paul faces Ben Askren. The YouTube star has been dominant in his two professional fights. The former MMA standout won the first 19 fights of his career. Now, it’s time to find out what occurs when the two boxing neophytes clash in a real fight. It’s nearly time for Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren.
The Paul vs. Askren PPV begins at 9 p.m. ET, and I’ll be here all night, giving my round-by-round thoughts, explanations and unofficial scoring of the main event and the undercard fights.
Until then, read more about the big fight.
Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren odds
Since Friday, the money line for Paul as the betting favorite has gotten wider to -188 (from -160) and Askren as the underdog (+137 from +135). That means you’d have to bet $188 to win $100 on a Paul win, and you’d earn $137 on a $100 wager for Askren.
BetOnline.ag, meanwhile, has some fun prop bets, including:
- Either boxer to get knocked down -300 (1/3)
- No knockdowns +200 (2/1)
-Will Jake Paul be hooded DURING walkout to Ring?
- Yes -500 (1/5)
- No +300 (3/1)
-Will Jake Paul be masked DURING walkout to ring?
- Yes -250 (2/5)
- No +170 (17/10)
-First to bleed
- Ben Askren -140 (5/7)
- Jake Paul Even (1/1)
-Will there be an official point deduction?
- Yes +300 (3/1)
- No -500 (1/5)
According to a news release from OddsChecker on Friday, though, more of the money late in the week came in on Askren. “Late momentum is all against Jake Paul. Even those who don’t think Askren will win are beginning to bet on a draw,” OddsChecker spokesman Kyle Newman said. “… Askren has all the momentum on the market, now it’s just a matter of carrying that over to the ring.”
Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren purses
According to MMA Fighting, Paul will earn a $690,000 guarantee, while Askren will make $500,000. Paul reportedly made a guarantee of $600,000 to knock out Nate Robinson last year. But assuming Paul has a deal where he’ll make money on the number of PPVs sold, he’s likely in line to make plenty more once the receipts are tallied.
Both guarantees are less, though, than what Regis Prograis will make. Reportedly, Prograis will take home $850,000 to fight Ivan Redkach (who will earn $250,000) on the undercard.
Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren prediction
Here’s what I wrote previously: “I don’t really have any idea what’s going to happen. My best guesses would be that either Paul knocks out Askren early, Askren stops Paul late or Askren wins by decision. Despite their backgrounds, Paul legitimately might be a better pure boxer than Askren. So, it’s tough to make a call. To be honest, I feel kind of silly even writing this, but I’d go with Paul by stoppage in the third round.”