Ben Askren expects former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley to light up Jake Paul, but he might feel a little better about himself if the YouTuber comes out on top.
Paul vs. Woodley will headline Showtime Boxing’s pay-per-view event (PPV) on Aug. 29, 2021 (also streaming on FITE) inside Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. “Funky” is rooting for his good friend Woodley; however, there might be one good thing about a Paul victory.
“I’m still not under the conclusion that (Jake) is a good boxer. He hit me one time really good, but it wasn’t like he beat me soundly over six rounds. He does hit hard, I guess we’ll give him credit for that,” Askren told TMZ Sports (h/t Middle Easy). “If he’s able to beat Tyron, I will probably feel much better about what happened to me, because I’ll think damn, Tyron’s really good. I think that’s probably unlikely, but in that case, that’s probably what I’d think.”
Askren (19-2-0-1 in MMA, 0-1 in boxing) suffered a first-round knockout (KO) loss to Paul (3-0 in boxing) when the two clashed on April 17. Woodley (19-7-1 in MMA) has the chance to avenge Askren when he makes his professional boxing debut against Paul on Sun., Aug. 29.