Dana White admits Jake Paul is ‘playing this thing perfectly’ with ‘boxing in such a BAD place’ after shock knockout win against former MMA star Ben Askren… with UFC president crediting the YouTuber for ‘sucking people in’ to his product
- Jake Paul knocked out Ben Askren with a stunning right-hand on Saturday night
- The YouTuber is now 3-0 in his professional boxing career after the shock win
- Dana White previously backed Askren, saying he’d bet $1m on him winning
- Yet the UFC supremo gave kudos to Paul for the way he is ‘playing this thing’
Dana White has reacted to Jake Paul’s knockout win against former UFC star Ben Askren by crediting the YouTuber for ‘sucking people in’ to his product in the boxing ring.
YouTube star Paul won his third professional boxing fight decisively on Saturday night in Atlanta, stunningly knocking out Askren with a devastating right-hand.
It was Askren’s first appearance as a boxer and having previously said he’d bet $1m in favour of Askren winning, UFC supremo White credited Paul for taking advantage of ‘boxing being in a bad place’ at the moment.
Dana White (L) has credited YouTuber Jake Paul (R) for ‘sucking people in’ to his boxing career
Paul secured his triumph over Askren just one minute and 59 seconds into the first round
‘This is the right guy with the right shtick at the right time,’ he told Yahoo Sports, as reported by BJPENN.
‘This guy is playing this thing perfectly. And boxing is in such a bad place, they’re doing a really good job at sucking in people to buy into this thing. And good for him.’
Paul comically tweeted after the fight: ‘What should I buy with Dana White’s $1m? I’m thinking a Porsche 918 Spyder,’ alongside a picture of the car.
The YouTuber also revealed on Monday that he ignored his coach’s advice during those first few minutes of the fight against Askren.
The 24-year-old, now 3-0 in his professional career in the ring, secured his triumph over former UFC fighter Askren just one minute and 59 seconds into the first round.
Paul pieced together a formidable array of strikes to send his opponent crashing to the canvas – and revealed that he had disregarded the shouts from his corner after sensing Askren’s weakness.
Paul tweeted a photo of a Porsche 918 Spyder, tagging White in the comical post-fight tweet
YouTuber turned boxer Paul humiliated Askren and sent him crashing down inside two minutes
‘I set him up for sure,’ Paul said at the post-fight press conference. ‘I was going to the body the whole fight. I was barely hitting him.
‘My check hook was f*****g him up. I was setting him up the whole time. I was saving the right hand for that moment. I knew he wouldn’t see it coming.
‘My coach in the corner was like ‘don’t load up, don’t load up!’ That’s what he told me the whole camp – don’t load up, don’t load up!’
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