“The last thing we want to do is lose to Jake Paul,” says Ben Askren’s coach

Ben Askren's coach says that losing to Jake Paul is the last thing they want.

Jake Paul vs Ben Askren
Jake Paul vs Ben Askren

Ben Askren is booked to face Jake Paul in a boxing match, and this everyone around the world is waiting for this match as MMA fans are hoping Ben Askren will beat the sh**t out of Jake Paul and make him pay.

Ben Askren vs Jake Paul
Ben Askren vs Jake Paul

Many people believe that Ben Askren is doing this just for the money but his corner man and coach says this is most definitely not the case, “I think people think Ben is here to just collect a check,” Rhodes told MMA Junkie on Thursday. “Ben is one of the most competitive people you can meet in your life. It doesn’t matter what it is, he’s competitive. … The last thing we want to do is lose to Jake Paul. If people think he’s doing this as just a joke or playing around, you’ll see the fight.”

He pointed out the difference in their combat career, and said, “If you look at Ben’s career and you look at Jake’s career, just the pure amount of time and experience spent in the arena, whether it’s the boxing ring or the cage, he’s going to be more comfortable in there,”

Rhodes said. “So, the longer the fight goes, the better for us. Ben has said multiple times he’s not a fast-twitch athlete. Those guys have better cardio, better conditioning and I think one of the things Ben would say right now, is being able to have a singular focus on boxing, the cardio shape that he’s in right now, he’s able to do that all day.”

“I’m not going to say he’s just crushing the pads, but he has that awkward strength,” says Ben Askren’s coach

Ben Askren's striking
Ben Askren’s striking

In the same interview he said, “I’m not going to blow smoke: I’m not going to say he’s just crushing the pads, but he has that awkward strength,” Rhodes said. “Those guys that grappled him will tell you it’s different. It’s not like just grab a barbell and bench 600 pounds of weight, but he makes those people feel weak.”

Askren’s coach thinks his awkward boxing style will help him in the fight, “His power is awkward because his punching style is awkward. I think that will be an advantage. In positions where you don’t think he’s going to be able to hit hard, he’ll be able to generate power.”

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