'Madness': YouTuber Jake Paul 'embarrassed' in boxing standoff

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Former UFC fighter Ben Askren (pictured right) pushing YouTuber Jake Paul (pictured left) in the face before Paul slaps him (pictured right).
Former UFC fighter Ben Askren (pictured right) face-palms YouTuber Jake Paul (pictured left) before he retaliates. (Images: Twitter)

The build-up for the fight between YouTuber Jake Paul and former MMA star Ben Askren has taken off after the pair squared off for the first time ahead of their exhibition bout.

The controversial YouTuber has been talking a big game ahead of his boxing match with Askren, a 36-year-old former wrestling champion and UFC fighter, and has even tempted UFC boss Dana White to make a million dollar bet on the encounter.

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Paul continued his chat in the press conference as he often interrupted Askren with his antics.

But the action really kicked-up at the stare down.

Instead of standing behind the Covid-19 glass wall to avoid close contact, Paul goaded Askren to come face-to-face with him.

Askren eventually obliged and approached Paul.

But after Paul and his team continued to stir Askren up, the unflappable fighter turned away and face-palmed the YouTuber.

Paul reacted with what looked like an odd slap to Askren's side as he walked away.

He then pushed Askren, who hadn't flinched, before officials stepped in between.

Askren's face-palm and calm nature had many claim the former UFC fighter had clearly rattled Paul.

Many also labelled the whole encounter 'embarrassing'.

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Daniel Cormier weighs in on Paul and Askren fight

Former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier weighed-in on the encounter after the stare down.

Cormier said after watching both Askren's and Paul's demeanour, he was sure the former UFC fighter would come out victorious.

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Askren retired from MMA in 2019. He was a former Bellator and One welterweight champion.

Paul's last fight was against NBA star Nate Robinson, which ended in the YouTuber knocking him out.

The pair will face off in the boxing ring on April 17.

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