Boxing

Triller claim Jake Paul fight is ‘one for the purists’ after Dana White rant

Triller have suggested the card that will be headlined by YouTube star Jake Paul is one that 'even the deepest purists will love'.

Paul is set for his third professional bout next month, when he takes on former UFC star Ben Askren in Atlanta, Georgia.

After beating fellow YouTuber Ali Eson Gib and knocking out ex-NBA star Nate Robinson, the American's career is set to go up a notch as he faces a professional fighter for the first time.

Askren has been a champion with Bellator, as well as a rich history in wrestling, winning the PAN American Championships and the NCAA Championships on two occasions.

Jake, along with his brother Logan, have drawn criticism from all corners for their attempted boxing careers, with many in the sport believing it sets a dangerous precedent.

UFC president Dana White has slammed Paul's chances of beating Askren, placing a $1m dollar on the MMA star.

Talking on the Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson podcast, White said: "Let's be honest, Jake Paul is not a f****** boxer. I’ll bet a million dollars that he loses this f****** fight.

"A million dollars that he loses this fight."

However, after adding the likes of Regis Prograis and Ivan Redkach, Triller Fight Club founder Ryan Kavanaugh believes the card will appeal to even the biggest fans of the sport.

“We are delivering fights that even the deepest purist will love and have expected on broadcast TV, such as Prograis v Redkach, all the way to social media and music icons Fournier and Reykon," he explained.

“Our goal is to continue to deliver a four quadrant event that brings the under 30 audience back into this world by crossing boxing, music, social media and culture.

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  • “We are proud of our team’s ability to pair top notch rising stars with compelling and unique matchups and some of the greatest names in the sport, and combine them with music, fashion and popular culture in an evening that will set new standards for success not just in boxing, but in sports and entertainment.”

    Along with Prograis v Redkach, former light-heavyweight champ Antonio Tarver will make his return to the ring aged 52 when he takes on 'Bad Boy' Frank Mir.

    Meanwhile London-born entrepreneur Joe Fournier – who has a perfect 9-0 record – will take on Colombian musician Reykon, in what will be his debut in between the ropes.

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