LAS VEGAS – The first press conference between Jake Paul and Ben Askren was as outrageous as expected. The fact that their faceoff got physical was just the icing on the cake.
For roughly 25 minutes on Friday at The Venetian, Paul and Askren verbally sparred ahead of their boxing match.
Death threats, anyone?
“This is the f*cking fight game! This is the f*cking fight game, you p*ssy ass b*tch!” Paul yelled at Askren in the opening minutes. “This is the f*cking fight game! Yeah, I’ll bully you around just like I’ll bully you in the ring. Shut the f*ck up! You sound like a middle schooler: ‘Oh, he’s bullying me.’ Shut the f*ck up!”
Askren’s response: “You’re not gonna bully me. That’s not gonna happen. And you know like, Jake, if you and I ran into each other in the back alley in Las Vegas, and I wanted to do a homicide …”
That got Paul out of his chair.
“I would do a homicide on you if I wanted to.”
That was just the tip of the iceberg of a wild press conference that included talk of grandmas, hand jobs, an appearance from Jorge Masvidal, and a whole lot of interruptions.
You can watch highlights in the video above.
Askren vs. Paul takes place April 17 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The bout between the YouTube star and former Bellator/ONE champion headlines the Triller Fight Club pay-per-view that streams on FITE.TV.