Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren Boxing Betting Odds, Picks and Predictions (Saturday, April 17, 2021)
Offshore betting sites favor Jake Paul over Ben Askren in the proverbial giant douche vs. turd sandwich contest. Following a second-round knockout win over former NBA guard Nate Robinson in the co-main event of the Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. Fight. Jake
Paul is going up against the former Bellator and OneFC champion, Ben Askren. The latter may be better remembered for his flying knee KO loss to Jorge Masvidal. It may come as a little surprise to see in the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren best online sportsbooks odds that the YouTube “star” is a slight fave over the former pro mixed martial artist.
Ben Askren vs. Jake Paul Odds by MyBookie.ag
Betting Ben Askren
Ben Askren is the underdog at offshore betting sites. If one were to ask an innocent bystander whether a YouTuber could defeat a mixed martial artist, it is almost certain that the results would be 100% behind the fighter. However, Ben was an Olympic wrestler. Wrestling was the method he utilized to win 19 of his 22 pro MMA fights.
He would take his opponents to the ground and punish them – when he was not getting KTFO, that is.
This may come as a shock for fans of both Askren and Paul, especially after seeing the latter’s brother getting stunned by Kevin Owens at WrestleMania, but you can’t grapple in boxing. Having said that,
Askren has a good chin, which he tested against Robbie Lawler and Demian Maia. Although a third test he failed miserably; i.e., the five-second KO loss to Jorge Masvidal via flying knee. But then, you can’t throw knees in boxing either.
It was clear during Askren’s career that his preferred strategy was to close the distance on his opponents, get ahold of them and take them to the ground to punish them. The man we saw in the UFC was not the same who fought in Bellator and OneFC.
Mostly because of a lengthy layoff and a bothersome hip that eventually required surgical repairs. Having said that, he has been sparring and striking for years. He definitely understands the basic mechanics of boxing.
It wouldn’t be surprised if Ben tried to clinch and do some underhanded boxing. He does a good job of throwing straight punches. He is deceivingly strong and has power that may catch Paul off guard. Also, he tends to overreach and rush his opponents. That is similar to what Nate Robinson did.
Betting Jake Paul
Logan’s bro is favored at offshore betting sites. Whether you hate his guts or merely dislike him, Jake Paul has some boxing skills, or as he would probably put it, some mad skillz. He has had two pro boxing matches.
Both took place in 2020. He scored a knockout win in each one. The second was over former NBA player Nate Robinson halfway through the second round. His first win came over AnEsonGib, another YouTuber. So he has gone from a YouTube boxing match to fighting an NBA player to now being favorite over a former MMA champ. Well, whoop-de-doo.
Ben Askren vs. Jake Paul Betting Pick
Both men will probably land cleanly in this fight. The bout could look a little sloppy overall. Askren’s conditioning and cardio will most likely make the difference as the fight limps on toward the fourth round and beyond.
There is just too much value on a professional fighter who was only KO’d by a flying knee but took a beating in other fights and survived much harder hits than Paul can ever throw. It’s a Herculean task to get a serious gambler to care about his snoozefest, but gun to the head, pick would be Askren by decision.