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Jake Paul criticises Ben Askren’s "beer belly" as rivals face off for last time

Jake Paul hit out at Ben Askren for not taking their fight seriously as the former MMA star appeared out of shape.

The rivals came face-to-face for the final time last night as they weighed in ahead of meeting in the ring.

And while Paul, who is fighting for the third time as a professional, looked ripped as he scaled 191lb, Askren looked flabby at the same weight.

Later, Paul said: "I see a guy who's underestimating me, I see a guy who is taking this as a joke and I see a guy who said, 'I have to take a s***' during the face-off.

"This is the last 24 hours we will all have to hear Ben Askren. This one means a lot for me, this one is for Shadow (Paul's bodyguard).

"I don't believe he makes it out of two rounds; look at the guy, he has a beer belly so he clearly didn't take training camp seriously.

"We all did the talking and the entertainment s*** but now it's time to let the fists fly."

Askren predicted he will stop Paul in the seventh round of what will be his professional boxing debut.

The former UFC fighter quit mixed martial arts due to injury but has been lured back to sport by a $500,000 pay day.

He will earn slightly less than Paul who will take home $690,000 plus his share of the pay-per-view revenue.

And Askren gave the impression earlier this week that he was indifferent to the result.

"I honestly think most fans are more invested in the result of this belt than I am,| he said. "I mean for me, I think actually the biggest negative comes from winning, because if I beat Jake Paul’s ass, I’m going to be world famous.

"And I ain’t really trying to be world famous. Like I said, I’m trying to coach wrestling and podcast and that that’s really it. So the result of that bout on Saturday night, obviously I I’d like to win, but I don’t really think it changes my life a whole lot either way."

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