LAS VEGAS – They were supposed to be separated by Plexiglas under COVID-19 protocols, but Jake Paul wasn’t up to any of that when it came time to take on Ben Asrken at the Triller press conference.
Paul confronted Askren and talked trash, which he had done almost without interruption since heading to the closed set in Sin City. However, when he turned to the cameras, Askren kept looking at him and then patted him and walked away.
Paul could have beaten the UFC veteran right there, but he settled for a shove off his opponent’s back.
That was the somewhat tepid finale to a press conference filled with bravado and insults as the April 17 headliners promoted the event at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Askren barely took the bait offered by the amplified Paul and slid down a line when his younger opponent tagged Jorge Masvidal for some extra hits.
YouTube star Paul competes in the third professional boxing match of his career against Askren, a career fighter and MMA fighter who is making his ring debut. The fight tops the April 17 event five months after Triller’s online blockbuster with Mike Tyson against Roy Jones Jr.
See the full press conference below: