After he took down Nate Robinson with a vicious TKO, Jake Paul is all set to get back in the ring later this month. This time, he’ll face Ben Askren in what should be an entertaining bout. In this piece, we have our Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren picks for the April 17 fight. Who will come out victorious?
Jake Paul is the favorite to beat Ben Askren
Heading into the April 17 tilt, Jake Paul is the favorite to beat Ben Askren when they meet inside of the ring. This may come as a bit of a surprise, as Paul is just 2-0 in his fights, while Askren, an MMA fighter, is 19-2 in his career and has beaten some world-class opponents over the years.
With that said, Paul has been given -130 odds, while Askren has been listed at +100. A big reason for this is because Askren really isn’t known for his boxing when he’s in the octagon. He’s more of a guy who will take you down to the ground and use his floor work to cause pain.
When Askren is standing, he’s not one to deliver monster blows to take down his opponents. That’s not the case for Paul, who really shocked the world when he viciously knocked out Robinson when the two met. It was truly a punch that was seen millions of times on YouTube.
So, will it be Paul or Askren to win? We’re going with Paul for our pick. While he doesn’t have anywhere close to the fighting experience as Askren, he’s proven that while he may be a social media star, he’s also a solid fighter. The Vegas sportsbooks have him as the favorite for a reason. We’re going with him.
The question everyone has on their minds is will the fight end in a knockout? That’s a tremendous question and one we can’t wait to find out. Paul will be going to the TKO, that’s a known fact. He’s got great power and has showcased that in his first two winning matchups.
The tension between the two really reached a new level as well during a recent press conference. As you’ll be able to see in the video below, Paul and Askren were quite annoyed with one another, leading to multiple shoves and pushes being exchanged. That’s only going to add to the drama for April 17.
These two really don’t like one another. While the odds haven’t been released yet for a potential TKO, we think this bout will indeed end with a knockout. With us also selecting Paul to win, look for him to land the big-time punch. Another question is how long this fight will last?
Those odds also haven’t been released yet, but we here at VegasBetting envision this one to end in the middle rounds. With this fight set to be eight rounds, expect something maybe in the fourth, fifth, or sixth round when making a pick. Again, with these two hating each other, there will be plenty of fireworks for this one.
The odds of a draw aren’t high whatsoever
While there are numbers out for a win or loss for both fighters, you never know, there could be a miracle and things could end even. However, the odds of a draw aren’t high whatsoever. Per the oddsmakers, the Boxing odds of the fight ending in a draw are at +1700. Yup, not great at all.
This tells you that Vegas thinks there’s virtually no chance this happens. If you were to spend some money and lay down on a bet for a draw, it would be a major, major risk. Because of this, we’d recommend staying away from this kind of a bet. It just doesn’t seem sensical. Going either moneyline for Paul or Askren is better.
In case you missed it, the fight is all set for April 17 and will take place at 9pm ET. With Paul as the favorite, only time will tell if he’ll be able to prove everyone right and come away with a big win, or if Askren will stun countless folks out there and take down Paul. We can’t wait to find out how this one shapes out.