ATLANTA - Influencer Jake Paul beat former MMA fighter Ben Askren in the first round during the debut of boxing in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday night in Atlanta.
Paul stopped 36-year-old Askren, a 2008 Olympic wrestler and two-time wrestling national champion at the University of Missouri, in the first round of the fight.
Askren fell after getting hit and stood back up. The official called the fight after asking Askren to take steps towards him.
The event was broadcast on FITE.TV or a variety of cable and satellite T.V. providers.
"Mercedes-Benz Stadium will continue to be the place where sports and entertainment’s biggest events are held, and we welcome Triller Fight Club for this special event," said Tim Zulawski, Chief Revenue Officer for AMB Sports and Entertainment. "We look forward to showcasing our stadium to the global audience that Ryan and his team are building, and are proud to be a part of this historic night of boxing and entertainment."
Paul said in an interview following weigh-ins that he believes Askren underestimates him.
"We'll see, but I don't believe he makes it out of two rounds," Paul said.
Askren spent time as an MMA fighter after his wrestling career. Askren won belts in Bellator and One Championship promotions. He made his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut at 34 years old in 2019.
There was no public sale of tickets for the event. Thriller Network, the company streaming the fight, said a very limited number of fans and guests were selected to join in the live event.
Paul has recently denied allegations of sexual assault made against him. Paul was charged with trespassing and unlawful assembly in June during a protest in Scottsdale, Arizona, where looters broke into a mall.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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