Many sports enthusiasts and bystanders alike have been awaiting news about the results of the Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren boxing match on April 17, 2021. The internet exploded the day after the match with details of the goings-on, but the most important detail everyone wants to know is: Who won the fight between Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren? The answer, unfortunately, may surprise people.
Who won the match of Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren?
For anyone who was looking forward to seeing Jake rightfully served a slice of humble pie in the ring, there was no such luck to be found in the Triller Night match. Jake knocked out Ben Askren in the first round to the disappointment of boxing fans everywhere, so much that the next day #Rigged was trending on Twitter.
This is the third consecutive win for Jake, who first faced off with fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib. He then followed up against former NBA player Nate Robinson, and now Ben. This match was the first time Jake faced off against an actual former fighter, although not for lack of trying.
In November 2020, Jake attempted to summon more MMA fighters into the boxing ring, including Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, Dillon Danis, Jorge Masvidal, and Ben Askren.
Although some of the fighters rose to the challenge on social media, only Ben picked up the call and actually met the YouTuber face to face. SportingNews.com reports that Ben made it clear he initially wasn't afraid of Jake, and considered the fight against Nate Robinson unimpressive. "Boxing, that seems kind of easy. Like, I’m sure I could do that. Like, there’s no shots, there’s no slams, there’s not leg locks. I dunno, that seems relatively safe to me."
Sadly for Ben, a former MMA fighter and wrestler without much boxing experience, winning against Jake Paul is easier said than done. Many on Twitter were devastated, hoping to see Jake finally get a taste of his own medicine, but perhaps it was worth it for the money? Ben was reportedly paid more for this fight alone than most in his entire career.
Who will Jake Paul face off against next?
It may be too soon to tell, but big brother Logan Paul seems to be hinting that Floyd Mayweather, former professional boxer and champion, could get in on the action. Logan was supposed to face off against Floyd in February 2021, but the event was postponed. While fans have been waiting for someone to knock out Jake Paul, maybe it's a fair trade to get Logan instead?
Logan also tweeted briefly about the Jake vs. Ben match, claiming that despite his loss, Ben was a "genius" for collecting a large sum of money and rising to Twitter trending status for 24 hours pre-and-post match. While there is a possibility that all the fanfare could be for show (and money) the Paul brothers seem to be determined to keep it up.