Ben Askren may ‘mentally break’ Jake Paul and knock the YouTube star out once they meet on April 17, in line with his former promoter.
Former UFC star Askren accepted Paul’s problem to a struggle on the Mercedes-Benz Enviornment in Atlanta after the latter failed in calling out Conor McGregor and Michael Bisping.
A former Olympic wrestler and multiple-time world champion in MMA, hanging was by no means Askren’s robust level as he relied on his grappling skill to nullify opponents.
But the previous ONE Championship and Bellator welterweight champion has confronted strikers reminiscent of Douglas Lima and Robbie Lawler in his profession and survived.
Though Paul appeared spectacular in his two skilled wins to kick-start his boxing profession, the usual of his opponents leaves lots to be desired.
And ONE Championship chairman Chatri Sityodtong believes the gulf in expertise will show insurmountable for the 24-year-old social media star.
“Clearly, Ben is a world champion wrestler and a world champion blended martial artist,” he informed Insider.
“In an actual road struggle, he would destroy Jake Paul. However this can be a boxing match, which is Ben’s worst self-discipline. And Jake Paul does have knockout energy — you’ll be able to see it, you recognize, whenever you hit pads.
“Nevertheless it’s one factor to hit pads and it’s one other to get in a warfare. And if this struggle will get right into a warfare, I see Jake Paul breaking.”
“Paul doesn’t have the world champion expertise that Ben does,” added Sityodtong.
“If this goes toe-to-toe, I see Ben profitable this struggle by knockout as a result of Jake will simply break mentally. He doesn’t know what it’s prefer to struggle.”
Sityodtong completed: “In Thailand we have now a really well-known saying, ‘There are fighters who look phenomenal on pads, within the health club sparring, however only a few fighters look wonderful within the ring.’
“In an actual struggle, an actual fight state of affairs, I believe Jake has no thought what it’s prefer to struggle within the ring.”