Issues turned ugly between YouTuber Jake Paul and MMA fighter Ben Askren at a dramatic press convention on Friday.
Forward of their boxing match on April 17, the pair stepped up the thoughts video games and acquired proper underneath one another’s pores and skin.
Askren fought thrice within the UFC earlier than asserting his retirement from MMA, defeating Robbie Lawler in controversial circumstances after which dropping to Jorge Masvidal and Demian Maia.
Paul has knowledgeable boxing file of 2-Zero, however is but to face anybody with actual combating pedigree, brutally defeating NBA star Nate Robinson in his final bout.
The 24-year-old video known as UFC star Masvidal, who famously knocked Askren out in 5 seconds at UFC 239 and ridiculed his former rival.
Masvidal, who has teamed up with Paul for the combat, stated: “That dude’s nonetheless alive? Inform him I like his flip-flops man.”
When the speaking was over, Askren confronted off with Paul and ended up facepalming him, which led to a flurry of pushes and shoves from the YouTuber as issues boiled over.
In a video of the occasion, Askren is heard telling Paul, ‘have a look at all of your cheerleaders, man, it’s so embarrassing’, earlier than placing his hand in Paul’s face and Paul retaliating by aiming a physique shot at his rival and shoving him within the again.
Earlier within the press convention, Askren teased Paul about ‘residing within the shadow’ of his brother, fellow YouTuber-turned-boxer Logan who is about to face Floyd Mayweather in a delayed exhibition bout.
Because it turned out, boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya asserting his comeback on the age of 48 was simply one of many tales to emerge from the occasion.
The ‘Golden Boy’ can be stepping again into the ring after greater than a decade out towards an unconfirmed opponent on July three.
The American icon introduced the information in weird vogue: with a damaged microphone, alongside rap artist Snoop Dogg.
De La Hoya will definitely hope his comeback combat goes higher than the announcement, as these in attendance might hardly hear him say: ‘July three, I’m making my comeback’.