Stephen Thompson wants to ‘slap’ Jake and Logan Paul and urges Ben Askren to slam YouTube star to show him ‘real fighting’
Thompson is firmly towards entertaining respectable fighters getting tied up with Paul and his brother Logan, one other YouTube star who has tried his hand at boxing, and he couldn’t assist however categorical his want to smack the brothers throughout an interview on What the Heck.
“I refuse,” Thompson said on What the Heck when asked if he’d be watching Paul-Askren on Saturday. “I refuse. I refuse to watch that.
“It is kind of cringe. I think it’s kind of cringe. The YouTube people, the people who are just in it for the entertainment—which, everybody’s watching for the entertainment—but as an athlete, that shouldn’t even make sense.
“That shouldn’t even make sense to me.
“I think it would just hurt Ben Askren’s legacy. I know some other guy, [Paul’s] brother [Logan] tried to get the fight with Mayweather.
“I think it would just hurt their legacy. As an athlete, I don’t think it makes sense, but as entertainment, as a fan of the game, and me being a YouTuber as well, those guys are making moves.
“The Paul brothers are making moves. So hats off to those guys, but I just want to slap ‘em. I want to slap ‘em. I do.
“I hope that Ben Askren goes out there—I know it’s boxing—but picks him up and slams him, gets disqualified, and looks at him and says, ‘That’s real fighting.’”
Jake Paul is heading back to the boxing ring. The YouTube star turned pro boxer is back in a headlining role on Saturday night in Atlanta when he faces off with former MMA welterweight champion Ben Askren. The two top a four-fight main card on Saturday night from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium that is expected to be filled with musical performances ranging from Justin Beiber to Snoop Dogg.