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The big fight of the weekend is social media sensation Jake Paul vs. former professional MMA champion Ben Askren in a boxing match.
Paul is 2-0 with two knockouts, and his bouts were against another guy who could be referred to as a YouTube sensation — just a bit less of a sensation than Paul — and a former NBA slam dunk champion.
“You would think the guy who is 19-2 and is a two-time NCAA champ, an Olympic athlete who is in this game for years and years would be the favorite,” said Paul, who is now a -200 favorite at BetMGM.
Askren is +150, though the line has been bouncing around.
On the MMA side of things, Robert Whittaker is stepping into the Octagon against Kelvin Gastelum.
It’s a critical bout for both fighters, because both of them have lost to reigning champion Israel Adesanya and are gunning for a rematch. Whittaker, the No. 1-ranked middleweight, is a -275 favorite at BetMGM. Gastelum, who lost an incredible bout to Adesanya at UFC 236, is +220.
The fight figures to be an entertaining slugfest. Since being stopped by Adesanya in the second round at UFC 243, Whittaker has defeated sluggers Darren Till and Jared Cannonier by impressive unanimous decisions.
Gastelum’s loss to Adesanya in 2019 was the first of a three-fight losing streak that he ended on Feb. 13 with a comprehensive victory over Ian Heinisch at UFC 258.
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