A former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight king will be testing out the sweet science with gloves on first.
From a press release sent out by Triller Fight Club on Thursday, the April 17 boxing event headlined by Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren has gained a trio of matches for its undercard. In the first, Frank Mir (19-13 MMA) will square off against Antonio Tarver (31-6-1, 22 KOs) in a match previously reported by Mir in February. The heavyweight boxing clash was awaiting clearance from the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission, but it has now been made official. Additionally, a super lightweight bout between Regis Prograis (25-1, 21 KOs) and Ivan Redkach (23-5, 18 KOs) has been added to the card. Finally, light heavyweight British entrepreneur-turned-boxer Joe Fournier (8-0, 8 KOs) will face Andres Felipe Robledo Londono, also known as famed musician Reykon (0-0).
Back in 2020, Mir reportedly signed with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, but any appearance did not come to fruition as there was never a final agreement between the parties, per Mir. This bout against “The Magic Man” will be his first appearance in a boxing ring as a pro. A grappler by trade, Mir moved on from the UFC with the league’s all-time heavyweight submission record with eight. The 41-year-old has suffered twice as many knockout losses (10) as he has recorded in victory (five) in MMA.
Tarver, 52, will be stepping into the ring for the first time since his draw with Steve Cunningham in 2015. Up to his temporary retirement, Tarver went on a six-fight unbeaten streak before hanging up his gloves. This will not be the Olympic bronze medalist’s first foray to the heavyweight division, as he took on Nagy Aguilera in 2010 while weighing 221 pounds. Unlike his opponent, the ex-champ has never been knocked out as a pro.
The Triller Fight Club boxing event on April 17 will go down at the Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where there will be no ticket sales but a select number of VIPs and fans will be invited to attend. The headliner comes in the form of a roughly 190-pound boxing match between Jake Paul and Ben Askren. The $50 pay-per-view will be available through iNDemand and Fite TV for purchase, with fights beginning that night at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, and the pay-per-view portion starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
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