“After I knock out Ben Askren and add him to the meme collection, what could someone say after that? What excuse will they make?”
Jake Paul is extremely positive he’s going to DAMAGE Ben Askren — informing TMZ Sports the UFC fighter is simply a stepping stone in his increasing boxing profession.
The 24-year-old states he’s starving to be taken seriously as a professional fighter — which is why he wishes to box an accomplished challenger like Askren, who’s won numerous Mixed Martial Arts champions throughout his battling profession.
Jake’s last challenger, ex-NBA star Nate Robinson, didn’t have any boxing experience … and all of us understand how that went.
The concern … Paul states Askren is undervaluing his battling capabilities, and it’s going to end REALLY severely for the 36-year-old when they take on on April 17 at the “Triller Fight Club” centerpiece.
“At the end of the day, this is why I took the fight because he’s a legitimate pro and again, I’m a Disney channel actor YouTuber-kid.”
“My ultimate goal is to fight the Nate Diazs, the Conor McGregors … those are all MMA guys. I think people will have to take me seriously after this fight and since I do want Diaz, since I do want McGregor, since I do want these people in the UFC, this is the first step to get there.”
“You can’t just come into the NBA and be LeBron so I have to earn my stripes.”
While Paul aspects Askren’s achievements … he’s currently attempting to get in his challenger’s head — informing TMZ Sports he’s been DM’ing with Ben’s better half and she believes he’s “handsome.”
As for Ben, he does not appear worried … informing TMZ Sports he intends on beating some humbleness into the kid when the bell rings.
“He’s a f**king YouTube star. I’m gonna beat him up.”