Following Jake Paul’s quick and dominating win over Ben Askren at the Triller Fight Club event last night (Sat., April 17, 2021), the unfortunate question we’re all asking now is which UFC fighter Paul will fight next to continue padding his boxing record. More than a few fighters have already registered their interest, which is unsurprising considering Askren reportedly banked around $1 million for his two minutes of ring time with Paul.
Dillon Danis was Jake Paul’s original target, another mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter with little-to-no boxing skills and a fame connection via Conor McGregor. And then there’s B.J. Penn throwing his name into the ring. Dustin Poirier already has his money fight with McGregor lined up, but he suggested “Platinum” Mike Perry as a fun option for Paul.
Alas, apparently Perry has already tasted the furious fists of Jake Paul and walked away in defeat. Paul shared a video post-spar with Perry claiming he was “light work.”
He was light work— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) April 18, 2021
In his own words “you kicked my ass”
I want to see Jake Paul vs. Dustin Prober https://t.co/SnkbdjidMb pic.twitter.com/QXk9hjYGQ5
“Good job, Jake,” Perry says in the video. “You kicked my ass.”
“Nah, it’s good, bro,” Paul replies. “Good work.”
So for those of you trying to get a sense of where exactly Paul’s boxing abilities lie, he’s now definitely above Askren level and probably above Perry level. Given Mike’s 7-8 record in UFC, that places him above a UFC journeyman ... when you take away that journeyman’s ability to do anything but box.
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