Ben Askren suffered a humiliating defeat against Jake Paul on his pro boxing debut. Going into the fight Askren was the favorite to beat Jake Paul.
However, the outcome of the fight certainly shocked the MMA and Boxing fans. It was believed that Ben Askren would be able to take the fight to the later rounds and win the fight by decision. Even Askren was predicting a TKO win in round 7. However, Jake Paul secured a stoppage win in round 1 under 2 minutes.
Following the fight, Askren talked about what this loss means to him and said: “I wasn’t nervous at all. Because at the end of the day my life doesn’t change one way or the other. In MMA I was pursuing or defending the world title, today I was doing a fun boxing match. If it turned out great then great if it turned out shit my life is the same.”
Ben Askren says he deserves the criticism from fans
Askren is not alien to career-changing losses. His 5 second KO loss to Jorge Masvidal is the fastest loss in UFC history. Fans mercilessly trolled Askren following the loss to Masvidal. Well, this loss to Jake Paul will be equally embarrassing for Askren if not more. Askren confessed that getting knocked out by Ben Askren is embarrassing. Askren said:
“I probably deserve it. I got knocked out by Jake Paul, it’s f****g embarrassing.”
Askren was appreciated by the MMA fans after he gracefully handled the loss to Jorge Masvidal. And so far Askren has handled the loss to Jake Paul in an admirable fashion. But, it must be disappointing for Ben Askren to lose Jake Paul while the majority of the MMA community is rooting for you against a YouTube star turned pro boxer.