YouTube sensation Jake Paul delivered an early knockout of former MMA star Ben Askren in Saturday night’s Triller Fight Club main event in Atlanta.
In a much-hyped boxing bout, ‘The Problem Child’ improved to 3-0 as a professional and sent out an emphatic statement as he stopped his vastly experienced opponent inside a minute of the first round.
Askren saw his defences opened up by a left jab and was then hit flush with a crunching overhand right that sent him sprawling to the canvas.
‘Funky’ took the eight count and wanted to continue, but the referee deemed him in no fit state to do so.
On the undercard, Regis Prograis beat Ivan Redkach on a technical decision after a bizarre end to their fight in which the Ukrainian was stretchered out of the ring.
Steve Cunningham also defeated former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir and there were wins for billionaire London businessman Joe Fournier as well as undefeated prospects Quinton Randall and Junior Younan.
Regis Prograis bt Ivan Redkach
Steve Cunningham bt Frank Mir
Quinton Randall bt William Jackson
Junior Younan bt Jeyson Minda
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Askren reacts on social media…
I had a feeling Paul would win tonight, but didn’t think it would be anything like as emphatic.
“Where’s my f*****g money Dana,” Snoop shouts as the broadcast ends with another musical performance from Diplo.
Logan Paul celebrates with his brother in the ring before Jake goes to celebrate with Snoop, who says he bet a million on him tonight!
Askren makes a hasty retreat backstage.
Askren took the eight count after that brutal right, after which time it’s up to the referee, who clearly thought he couldn’t carry on.
Paul remains undefeated as a professional boxer and moves to 3-0 after acing his first real test.
All sorts going on now as fireworks go off as Paul climbs onto the ropes.
It was a left jab that opened up Askren’s defences and then he got leathered with a huge right hand over the top.
Paul vs Askren
Askren is up but won’t be allowed to continue!
It’s a first-round stoppage for Paul!
Askren finished in under a minute.
He wanted to carry on, but the referee clearly thought otherwise!
Paul is on his knees in tears in the ring!
Paul vs Askren
An early overhand right from Askren.
He chases Paul around the ring before getting in close, trying to lean on him at close range and sap out the energy.
That has got to be his gameplan tonight.
Paul putting some power behind a left hook and a few body shots.
A POWER SHOT PUTS ASKREN DOWN!
Did Buffer just get Askren’s last name wrong?!
He doesn’t look pleased about it, either.