Incredible Ringside Footage Shows The Moment Jake Paul Knocked Ben Askren Out
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Last night, Jake Paul finally went up against Ben Askren in their long-awaited boxing match.
But it didn't last very long, with the YouTuber knocking out the former UFC fighter in just the first round.
And incredible ringside footage of the bout has been shared online showing the exact moment Paul connected with Askren, knocking him down to the canvas with a thunderous right hand.
In the clip, someone from the side can be heard saying, 'just touch', then, a second later, the 24-year-old throws his right hand.
Despite Askren's valiant attempt to get back to his feet and continue the fight, the ref calls an end to the match, with Paul racing over to his corner and jumping on the ropes.
The ringside view of Jake Paul's TKO. @ESPNRingside pic.twitter.com/YgasSH1Br4
- SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 18, 2021
In his post-fight interview, Jake Paul said he couldn't believe how far he had come, standing next to legends like Snoop Dogg.
He said: "Just a couple of years ago, my teachers would make fun of me in class, telling me I can't do nothing, telling me I wasn't smart.
"My schoolmates making fun of me, I used to landscape. I just had a dream and I chased it and worked hard.
"To think I'm here standing next to these legends, it's unbelievable."
He went on: "I've been in training camp every day, I deserved that s**t.
"This is the craziest moment of my life. I told y'all I was going to do it in the first round, I told y'all I'm a real fighter.
Sorry world :(
- Funky (@Benaskren) April 18, 2021
"I don't know how many times I've got to prove myself that this is for real.
"This is for Shadow, my security guard who passed away 10 days ago.
"He told me I would knock him out in the first round, he said he had a vision in a dream.
"This has been the hardest 10 days of my life, I've had to hold it together to keep this fight going.
"I'm just honoured to be here."
In a tweet following the fight, Askren, 36, apologised for his performance.
He simply wrote: "Sorry world :(."
Prior to the fight, Paul revealed that he was already showing early signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after starting his boxing career.
During a media appearance, he said he'd undergone brain scans but that he 'loves the sport' and doesn't regret becoming a fighter.