Jake Paul is in for his biggest test yet.
After a pair of boxing wins over YouTube star AnEsonGib and ex-NBAer Nate Robinson, the 24-year-old of social media fame will enter the ring against Ben Askren on Saturday in a pay-per-view matchup at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
The bout will be available for purchase through FITE.tv for $49.99.
Askren represents the first real combat-fighting opponent for Paul. The 36-year-old from Iowa will be making his boxing debut, but is a former college wrestler turned MMA titleholder (he held the welterweight belts in Bellator and ONE), who retired after one year with UFC. He knows fighting strategy in a way Paul has yet to experience, and has been equal to his opponent’s proclivity for trash talk.
“You’re telling me you’re gonna pay me a whole bunch of money to beat up a YouTube star?” Askren said in December, after Paul called him out over social media. “Like, I don’t know, that just sounds like a fun Friday night to me.”
Not that Paul is paying any respect to Askren, either. The Cleveland native has put in some serious training and has some big goals when it comes to boxing.
“I truly believe that I will become the biggest prizefighter in the world and the highest-paid prizefighter in the world,” Paul told ESPN in January. “I don’t want to fight anymore unless it’s massive. I want every time Jake Paul fights to have an electricity in the air that everyone can feel and people have to tune in.”
Here’s how to do just that and catch all the action:
When is the Jake Paul-Ben Askren fight?
They’ll square off on Saturday, Apr. 17 at 9 p.m. ET.
Where is the fight taking place?
Paul will take on Askren at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
How can I watch Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren?
Triller Fight Club will carry the PPV live stream on its iOS and Android apps, as well as through its web site for $49.99.
The fight can also be purchased and watched through FITE.tv and its mobile apps.
What is the Tale of the Tape?
Jake Paul is 2-0 in his boxing career. At 24, stands at 6-foot-1 with a 76-inch reach and weighed in at 191.5 on Friday.
Ben Askren is making his pro boxing debut, but the 36-year-old has a 19-2-0 record over a multi-year MMA career. He’s 5-foot-11, weighs 191 pounds, and has a 71-inch reach.
How much are Paul and Askren being paid to fight?
According to MMA Fighting, Paul is guaranteed a purse of $690,000, while Askren will take home $500,000, win or lose.
Who will be calling the fight?
Al Bernstein, Mike Coppinger, Sean Wheelock and Roman Flores will provide play-by-play and analysis. Their call will be supplemented by commentary from Snoop Dogg, Mario Lopez, Pete Davidson, Victoria’s Secret angel Taylor Hill and TikTok stars Charli and Dixie D’Amelio.
What are the betting odds and who is the favorite to win?
Per BetMGM, Paul (-175) is the favorite over Asken (+150), with a tie at +1600.
What is the full fight card?
Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren; Cruiserweights
Regis Prograis vs. Ivan Redkach; Junior Welterweights
Steve Cunningham vs. Frank Mir; Heavyweights
Joe Fournier vs. Reykon; Light Heavyweights