Jake Paul has only two boxing fights to his name. But bettors like his chances over former UFC contender and ONE Championship titleholder Ben Askren.
According to odds released by international sports book SportsBetting.ag, Paul is solid favorite at -200 to beat Askren, who currently sits at +160. A bet of $100 on Paul would net $50 profit, while the same bet on Askren would net $160.
Askren recently accepted Paul’s callout, one of many challenges the YouTube star issued after a viral knockout of Nate Robinson in the co-headliner of the blockbuster Tyson vs. Jones Jr. pay-per-view this past month. But Paul and his team have yet to confirm the bout – he and his team seem more focused on a fight with former two-division UFC champ Conor McGregor, whom he’s repeatedly goaded in profane internet posts.
To date, McGregor has remained silent with his octagon return set against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 on Jan. 23. Paul has also gone after the ex-champ’s longtime teammate, Bellator star Dillon Danis, staging a drive-by water balloon attack that quickly went viral. Bellator President Scott Coker said he’s not interested in pairing Danis with Paul unless there’s an MMA rematch clause.
In response to Paul’s callout of McGregor, UFC President Dana White offered up two-division champ Amanda Nunes. But in an interview with TMZ, Paul shot that down quickly. The YouTube star also mentioned nothing about a fight with Askren.
Suffice to say, this initial betting line will have to remain in the fantasy matchup category for now.
Ben Askren +160
Jake Paul -200