‘Sorry world’ – Ben Askren reacts to Jake Paul knockout loss


en Askren responded to his emphatic knockout defeat by Jake Paul with a simple two-word tweet.

Askren was firmly dispatched to the canvas with a powerful right hand after having his defences easily breached by a left jab and while he wanted to continue after taking an initial eight count, the referee deemed it unsafe to do so.

Paul’s detractors had said before the fight that Askren would be doing the boxing world a favour by ending his opponent’s undefeated streak amid criticism of such events, with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach – who worked with ‘Funky’ in the build-up to Saturday’s fight – stating that it would be a “public service”.

However, the bout only served to increase the hype around Paul, who will have taken enormous confidence from his destructive win over a seasoned fighter having only previously beaten a fellow YouTuber in AnEsonGib and ex-basketball player Nate Robinson.

Askren bid a hasty retreat from the ring after his loss, and afterwards simply tweeted with a sad face: “Sorry world.”

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