Jake Paul vs Ben Askren LIVE BUILD-UP: UK start time, stream Fite.TV, channel, undercard as YouTube star fights MMA ace

JAKE PAUL is back in the ring TONIGHT for what is set to be the toughest fight of his boxing career.

The YouTube sensation, 24, faces former UFC star Ben Askren, 36, over eight rounds of boxing.

What time does Jake Paul vs Ben Askren start?

Jake Paul vs Ben Askren takes place TONIGHTSaturday, April 17.

The undercard begins at 2am UK time, with the main event at around 5am UK time through the night into Sunday morning.

The big show will also feature musical performances by Justin Bieber, The Black Keys, Doja Cat, Saweetie, Diplo, Major Lazer and Mt. Westmore (Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Too $hort and E-40).

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What TV channel is Jake Paul vs Ben Askren on and can I live stream it?

  • Jake Paul vs Ben Askren will be broadcast live on Fite.TV and the Triller app.
  • The event is available to purchase for $23.99 (£17.42) on Fite.TV.

Who is fighting on the undercard?

  • Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren (Cruiserweight)
  • Regis Prograis vs. Ivan Redkach (Light welterweight)
  • Steve Cunningham vs. Frank Mir (Heavyweight)
  • Joe Fournier vs. Reykon (Light heavyweight)
  • Junior Younan vs. Jeyson Minda (Super middleweight)
  • Quinton Randall vs. William Jackson (Welterweight)

Stay up to date with every punch in our live blog…

  • Chisanga Malata

    FINAL SHOTS

    Jake Paul didn't hold back after his final face-off with Ben Askren, saying: "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."

    Ben Askren and Jake Paul engage in a tense staredown during their final face-offCredit: Instagram @triller

     

  • Chisanga Malata

    AWKAWRD

    Jake Paul's ex-girlfriend Julia Rose will be ringside for his clash with Ben Askren after she corners Joe Fournier for his clash with Colombian musician Reykon.

    But the model insists things won't be weird, telling US Weekly: “I don’t think it’s going to be awkward.

    "I think at this point we should be able to coexist.

    “Jake’s a businessman so I think, if anything, he’ll be able to respect this.

    "For me, I can’t speak for Joe’s motives and I can’t speak for the press’ motives, but what I can say for myself is that this is a huge business opportunity for me."

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  • Chisanga Malata

    BIG BUCKS FOR BEN

    Ben Askren will pocket one of the biggest purses of his combat sports career for his clash with Jake Paul.

    Funky is set to take home a whopping £350,000 for his professional boxing debut.

    Paul, meanwhile, will take home a staggering £500,000 for his third professional fight.

    Both men's overall purses, however, will be topped up by their respective cuts of pay-per-view sales.

    PURSES

    Ben Askren: £350,000 ($500,000)

    Jake Paul: £500,000 ($690,000)

    Ivan Redkach: £180,700 ($250,000)

    Regis Prograis (£615,000) $850,000

    Frank Mir: £253,000 ($350,000)

    Steve Cunningham: £108,400 ($150,000)

    Reykon: £58,000 ($80,000)

    Joe Fournier £160,000 ($220,000)

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  • Chisanga Malata

    STYLIN' AND PROFILIN'

    WWE and wrestling legend Rick Flair has arrived at the Mercedes-Benz Arena ahead of the pay-per-view portion of the card.

    No doubt the fans at the arena will starting wooing as soon as The Nature Boy comes up on the big screen.

  • Chisanga Malata

    ANOTHER PRELIM IN THE BOOKS

    Junior Younani got the better of Jeyson Minda courtesy of a unanimous decision, with the judges scoring the contest 78-71 in his favour.

  • Chisanga Malata

    STARS IN THE BUILDING

    Snoop Dogg and Saweetie are in the building.

    Snoop, of course, is set to provide some of tonight's musical entertainment with his rap super-group Mt. Westmore.

  • Chisanga Malata

    TALE OF THE TAPE

    In case you haven't seen the pre-fight stats, here's how Jake Paul and Ben Askren compare ahead of their crossover fight.

    How Jake Paul and Ben Askren compare ahead of their Atlanta showdown
  • Chisanga Malata

    JOHN KAVANAGH WEIGHS IN

    SBG Ireland chief John Kavanagh, the head coach of UFC superstar Conor McGregor, has tipped Ben Askren to upset the apple cart and stop Jake Paul.

  • Chisanga Malata

    DEEP WATERS

    Ben Askren, 36, believes he'll stop Paul, telling ESPN: "TKO [in] round seven."

    He added: "Because I don't have a huge amount of power. It'll take me some time to wear him down and make him hate his life.

    "And then eventually he's gonna say, 'Hey look, I'm a rich celebrity.

    "I don't need to get f–king punched anymore. I'm just gonna roll over.'"

  • Chisanga Malata

    PROBLEM CHILD'S PREDICTION

    Despite only having two fights to his name, Jake Paul reckons Ben Askren won't land a glove on him.

    He recently told ESPN: "Go Google Ben Askren's striking. Hahaha.

    "It's not going to go that long, it's not going to go that long.

    "I don't even think he'll hit me. I haven't been hit one time in the face in my past two fights.

    "So I haven't even been punched as pro boxer one time. Nate Robinson landed one body shot in a clinch.

    "I don't think Ben Askren will even hit me. That's my prediction."

  • Chisanga Malata

    RED DUTIES

    Here's a look at the referee and judges' assignments for this morning's fights.

  • Chisanga Malata

    FIRST RESULT OF THE NIGHT

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    CONFIRMED START TIME

    Ben Askren and Jake Paul will make their respective walks to the ring at 5:00am BST time.

  • Chisanga Malata

    'YOUTUBE B**B'

    Even legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach – who Ben Askren trained with in the build-up to this morning's fight -is getting involved in the pre-fight trash talk.

    Let's see if the Wild Card Gym owner is right at the final bell.

  • Chisanga Malata

    A QUICK GLIMPSE AT THE ARENA

    The Mercedes-Benz Arena in Atlanta is ready for one of the biggest fights of the year.

    Not long now until the spectators start filling it up.

  • Chisanga Malata

    LATE ADDITION TO THE CARD

    Triller have announced a late addition to the Paul vs Askren card.

    And it involves none other than WWE legend Rick Flair. Flair, 72, won't be boxing, however.

    No, The Nature Boy will be the special guest referee for a a slapping match.

    Yes, you read that correctly. A slapping match. As if this fight card couldn't get any weirder.

  • Joe Brophy

    JOR DROPPING

    Ben Askren – who fights Jake Paul tonight – was on the wrong end of the fastest knockout in UFC history against Jorge Masvidal.

    The welterweight pair fought at UFC 239 in July 2019 after a bitter build-up, but no one could have foreseen the dramatic early stoppage.

  • Joe Brophy

    FIGHTING TALK

    Jake Paul has thrown down one of his final social media barbs before tonight's fight.

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    WHAT HAVE THEY SAID?

    Jake Paul: "You f****d up, Ben by taking this fight. April 17, I promised my team, my family, my brother who is there right next to you right now, I promise to make you go down as history as the world’s worst UFC fighter.

    Ben Askren: "We haven’t seen anything.

    "The level of his competition was so low that it was almost impossible to tell if he is actually good at this.

    "If there is one thing people respect about all fighters it’s the toughness to deal with adversity in battle and we have not seen that out of him.

    "I don’t think he was hit hard by either one of those guys. They were so incredibly terrible at boxing. So we haven’t seen anything out of him yet."

  • Joe Brophy

    JAKE OF ALL TRADES

    Jake Paul is adamant Floyd Mayweather has 'lost his mind' after the legendary boxer challenged him to an exhibition fight.

    He told TMZ: "This guy is out of his mind! He just calls me out, out of nowhere — same with 50 Cent!

    "I mean, he hasn't even fought my brother yet. It just seems like he's losing his marbles … like what the f*** is this guy doing?!"

  • Joe Brophy

    PAUL TO PLAY FOR

    Logan Paul mocked Ben Askren and said anyone who thinks the retired UFC welterweight will beat his brother Jake are 'f***ing morons'.

    He said: "I get it, guys I like Ben Askren. We like him, he's a good guy, he's funny, he's entertaining, great personality.

    "But if you think for one f***ing second, that this guy is going to beat my brother tomorrow, you're a f***ing moron.

    "Straight up. Like y'all thought and afterwards everyone's going to be like, 'Oh, we should have seen it coming'.

    "No s***. You're crazy."

  • Joe Brophy

    TALE OF THE TAPE

    Here's how Jake Paul and Ben Askren compare.

  • Joe Brophy

    ASK AGAIN

    CM Punk warned Ben Askren is being underestimated and tipped his former training partner to surprise Jake Paul.

    The WWE legend shared the Roufusport gym with Askren while he trained for his two UFC fights, which he both lost.

    He told TMZ Sports: "I think so, but I think it's easy to do, based on it's easy to sit on your couch and say that Ben isn't a striker.

    "But he's a decelerated athlete at a very, very high level in two different sports.

    "Mindset and mentally is a big thing when you're fighting and Ben has that in spades.

    "Is Ben gonna come out there and look like Muhammad Ali? No, probably not. But Ben knows what it takes to win a fight.

    "The skillset in boxing is different, the rules are different, so he's going to approach it to the best of his abilities so he can win that fight.

    "And I know a lot of people are counting him out but I don't think people should be surprised if he wins."

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