The pay-per-view boxing match between Ben Askren and Jake Paul officially has a location and a price point.
Triller Fight Club announced Monday that the April 17 bout will take place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, the home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. Askren vs. Paul will cost $49.99 on pay-per-view and will be available via iNDemand in North American, while Fite TV will handle distribution internationally. International price points may vary. The four-hour card begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, while the pay-per-view kicks off at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
There will be no ticket sales to the public, but a limited number of guests and fans will be invited to attend the event. The card will also reportedly included a showdown between former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir and ex-boxing titlist Antonio Tarver.
“Our vision of big fights, big entertainment and world class events can only fit into a world class venue, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium fits that vision,” Triller CEO Ryan Kavanaugh said in a release. “April 17 will have an element of surprise and action for everyone, from music fans to the casual and diehard fight fan.
“The way we will present the night in this state-of-the-art venue will continue to redefine consumer engagement for a global consumer, with world class partners like iNDemand and Fite joining us not just for this event, but for the others we will have in 2021 and beyond.”
Askren retired from mixed martial arts in November 2019 to have hip replacement surgery and underwent a successful procedure this past August. The 36-year-old known as “Funky” ended his MMA tenure after back-to-back losses to Jorge Masvidal and Demian Maia in the UFC. A two-time NCAA wrestling champion at the University of Missouri, Askren was unbeaten in his first 20 fights, capturing titles in Bellator MMA and One Championship along the way. Askren has bested the likes of Robbie Lawler, Shinya Aoki, Douglas Lima, Andrey Koreshkov and Lyman Good over the course of his career.
Paul is a YouTube star, actor and rapper with more than 14 million followers on Instagram. The younger brother of Logan Paul made his boxing debut in January 2020, when he defeated fellow YouTube celebrity AnEsonGib — whose given name is Ali Loui Al-Fakhri — by first round TKO. His next win, a knockout of former NBA player Nate Robinson on the Mike Tyson-Roy Jones Jr. undercard in November, went viral.
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