Jake Paul vs Ben Askren Odds: YouTube Star Favored

Apr 17, 2021 |
By: Covers Staff
Jake Paul vs Ben Askren Odds: YouTube Star Favored
Internet-sensation-turned-professional-boxer Jake Paul will fight former UFC fighter Ben Askren in a sanctioned professional boxing match on April 17. Paul is a -177 favorite over Askren.
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Internet-sensation-turned-professional-boxer Jake Paul will fight former UFC fighter Ben Askren in a sanctioned professional boxing match on April 17. Paul is a -177 favorite over Askren.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports

Boxing odds are live at sportsbooks for the upcoming professional boxing fight between YouTube star Jake Paul and former UFC fighter Ben Askren, a bout that takes place Saturday night in Atlanta. 

The fight, announced in late January, will be the first boxing action for Paul since he starched former NBA player Nate Robinson in the second round of an exhibition match in November.

Askren, who has a 19-2 career MMA record, will be making his professional boxing debut. 

Here are the Paul vs. Askren odds and details, including the rest of the fight card which includes an additional six bouts. 

Odds for Paul vs Askren 

Favorite Odds Underdog Odds Weight Class
Jake Paul -177 Ben Askren +130 Cruiserweight
Regis Prograis -5,000 Ivan Redkach +1,000 Super Lightweight
Steve Cunningham -1,430 Frank Mir +625 Heavyweight
Joe Fournier -1,430 Reykon +625 Light Heavyweight
Junior Younan OTB Jeyson Minda OTB Super Middleweight
Quinton Randall OTB William Jackson OTB Junior Lightweight

Odds courtesy of DraftKings as of April 17, 2021.

Jake Paul vs Ben Askren odds analysis

Paul opened as the -225 favorite, improved to -275 odds, and now sits at -177 with the fight coming up tonight.

Paul has one officially sanctioned fight to his record—a first-round TKO of fellow YouTube star AnEsonGib (also known as Ali Loui Al-Fakhri) before he turned Nate Robinson into a meme in November's exhibition match.

The 24-year-old Paul has been training as a boxer for two years.

Askren, meanwhile, is a retired former UFC fighter who you might remember best for getting knocked out by a flying knee in five seconds against Jorge Masvidal. Askren actually only stopped for a cup of coffee in the UFC, with 19 of his 22 career MMA fights taking place across other promotions.

The 36-year-old has never been known as a good striker, with his fantastic wrestling leading to most of his success in Bellator and ONE FC. He retired from MMA, citing the need for hip replacement surgery after coming off consecutive losses to Masvidal and Demian Maia. 

Then again, he has actually squared off against professional fighters – which is more than can be said about Paul – so it makes his odds of +130 (once +200) quite surprising and intriguing...even if he's never strictly boxed before.  

Jake Paul vs Ben Askren tale of the tape

Jake Paul   Ben Askren
24 Age 36
6-foot-1 Height 5-foot-11
76 inches Reach 73 inches
2-0 (2 KO) Record 19-2 (6 KO)

*Record is based on MMA career. This is Askren's first professional boxing fight.

When will Jake Paul fight Ben Askren? 

Jake Paul and Ben Askren are scheduled to fight in an eight-round boxing match, under the Triller Fight Club banner, on Saturday, April 17, 2021.

Where will Jake Paul fight Ben Askren? 

Paul vs. Askren will take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The venue is home to the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.

What is the undercard for Paul vs Askren? 

In addition to Paul vs. Askren, there are three other matches on the main card and two more on the undercard. Among the main card fights is a scheduled 10-round bout between super lightweights Regis Prograis (25-1, 21 KOs) and Ivan Redkach (23-5, 18 KOs). Steve Cunningham (29-9-1, 13 KOs) will also take on Frank Mir (18-11, 14 KOs) in a heavyweight bout, while a light heavyweight fight between undefeated Joe Fournier (8-0, 8 KOs) and Reykon, making his pro boxing debut, rounds out of the main card.

How to read boxing odds

The most common way of betting on a boxing match is by picking the overall winner of the bout. With Paul being the favorite for this fight, his odds have the minus sign (-) in front of them at -163. This means that bettors would need to wager $163 in order to win $100. An Askren win would pay out more as he's the underdog at +130. This means that a $100 wager would profit $130. 

As we get closer to the fight date other prop bets will be become available, such as method of victory and round betting.

The odds listed above are in American format, but can easily be converted to decimal or fractional format via our odds converter tool. 

Get more boxing betting strategies in our How to Bet section and join the conversation with thousands of serious bettors in our Boxing Betting Forum.

Where can I bet on Paul vs Askren odds?

While a professional fight, this is not a title fight. That means books may be selective in their offerings for Paul vs. Askren odds. Check out the best sportsbooks available where you live and see what Paul vs. Askren odds are available.

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