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Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren fight odds, predictions, betting trends for 2021 boxing match

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Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren fight odds, predictions, betting trends for 2021 boxing match

Jake Paul will continue his unlikely journey as a boxer with his third professional fight. But this time his opponent is an actual fighter and not a fellow YouTuber or an NBA player. 

On April 17, Paul will face retired mixed martial artist Ben Askren in an 8-round fight that will headline Triller’s Fight Club at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. 

Since starting his boxing career, Paul has gone 2-0 with both victories coming by way of knockout against AnEsonGib and Nate Robinson. Neither fighter had ever stepped into a boxing ring prior to facing Paul. Former Bellator and ONE FC champion Askren hasn’t had a professional boxing match, either. However, he’s had a successful 12-year MMA career and has faced off against some of the best in the sport. 

It will be the first time that the supremely confident Paul has faced anyone with any fighting experience while Askren aims to silence the big mouth of the social media superstar. 

Here are the betting odds to help you with your selection.

All odds courtesy of FanDuel. 

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Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren odds

  • Jake Paul: -190
  • Ben Askren: +148
  • Draw: +2000

Although Paul has only two fights with neither of his opponents making it out of the second round, oddsmakers believe that he has shown enough in the boxing ring to get by an opponent that is not known for his striking. Paul sits as a -190 favorite, which means it would take a bet of $190 to gain a return of $100. As for Askren, his 12 years of mixed martial arts experience doesn’t mean much. The two-time NCAA Division I national wrestling champion has incredible grappling credentials but hasn’t proven much in terms of his boxing ability. For that reason, he rests as a +148 underdog against the YouTuber. A wager of $100 would earn a $148 profit should you choose to bet on Askren to come out victorious. 

Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren prediction

Say what you want about Jake Paul, but the 24-year-old YouTuber is taking his training very seriously. And although he hasn’t faced a quality opponent, he’s shown a great jab, some solid power and appears to be fundamentally sound. As for Askren, despite being a champion in two MMA promotions and a stint in the UFC, the world-class wrestler simply isn’t a very good boxer. He had three fights in the UFC and two of them happened without him landing a single strike. Granted, one was a five-second loss to Jorge Masvidal but it speaks to his one-dimensional approach to the fight game. 

Askren has a lot of experience as a fighter but it won’t help him against Paul unless he can show some drastic improvement in his striking. Keep in mind, Askren has never knocked out an opponent when both were standing up. All 12 of his MMA finishes have come with his opponents on the ground due to his superior wrestling. Unfortunately, wrestling isn’t a part of boxing and Askren will be asked to use his least refined skill set against an opponent who has been training primarily in this discipline for three years. 

He may be annoying to some, but don’t let that cloud your vision on who will win this fight. Askren can take a punch and could press Paul if the fight gets into the later rounds. However, he’s in a totally different world against an opponent who doesn’t like him and will aim to take him out early. One way or another, the YouTube star will see his hand raised and pursue yet another huge payday and a step up in his opponent after defeating Askren.

Sporting News pick: Jake Paul (-190)

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Twitter reacts to Russell Westbrook’s NBA-record 182nd career triple-double

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Russell Westbrook made history Monday night, notching his 182nd career triple-double — and moving past Oscar Robertson for the all-time NBA record.

Robertson’s record lasted 47 years, from 1974 through Monday night when a fourth-quarter rebound in front of a reduced-capacity crowd in Atlanta gave Westbrook sole possession of the record. It took him 12 years to surpass Robertson’s record after he achieved his first triple-double (17 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds) in 2009 as a rookie with the Thunder.

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Westbrook finished with 28 points, 21 assists and 13 rebounds in the Wizards’ 125-124 loss to the Hawks; the loss dropped Washington to 32-37 on the season, but the team still ranks 10th in the Eastern Conference standings. The Wizards’ playoff hopes pale in comparison to the history Westbrook made, however.

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ESPN’s Kenny Mayne, one of the most recognizable talents in sports broadcasting, is leaving the network, he announced on Monday.

The 27-year ESPN anchor broke the news on Twitter, describing his exit from the worldwide leader in sports as a “salary cap casualty.” Naturally, he could only include some of the dry humor that helped him become a beloved presence in the studio and on millions of sports fans’ TVs.

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The longtime “SportsCenter” host’s final day will be on May 24, bringing to an end a 27-year stint at ESPN that began in 1994. His absence will undoubtedly be noted among fans who appreciated his humor and presence in ESPN’s studios — but his Monday announcement is as good a reason as any to remember the incredible cover letter that first landed him the gig in 1994.

Mayne sent a short and sweet cover letter to ESPN’s John Walsh in 1994, offering him three checkboxes in the former’s bid to land a job with ESPN:

Unsurprisingly, Mayne made Walsh smile. Walsh wouldn’t be the last person to smile at Mayne’s humor and creativity.

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The Celtics will have to fight for a playoff spot without one of their most important players.

Boston announced Monday night that All-Star forward Jaylen Brown has suffered a torn scapholunate ligament in his left wrist and will miss the rest of the 2020-21 season. He is expected to undergo surgery later this week.

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Without Brown available, Boston will rely heavily on Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker to produce offensively. The Celtics will also need more from trade deadline acquisition Evan Fournier, who most recently scored 30 points in a loss to the Heat on Sunday — his highest scoring output since joining the team.

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