KEY POINTS

  • Jake Paul and Ben Askren will meet in a boxing match on Saturday, April 17th
  • Paul and Askren treated the media with an open workout session
  • Paul's open workout routine had a unique flavor

In the combat sports world, fighters usually go through a ritual known as an “open workout” days before they actually get into a ring or cage and compete. 

More often than not, open workouts are done for the media, who produce content surrounding the fighters in the lead-up to an event.

How it goes is a fighter usually steps onto the mats, does some stretching and shadow boxing before hitting the pads for a little bit, and then answering questions from the media.

It’s safe to say that nobody goes hard during the open workouts. Some even use the time to try something fun or different in training. 

That’s pretty much what YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul did in his open workout routine ahead of his boxing match with former mixed martial arts (MMA) world champion Ben Askren. 

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Jake Paul is separated from KSI after Paul defeated AnEsonGib in a first round knockout during their fight at Meridian at Island Gardens Jake Paul is separated from KSI after Paul defeated AnEsonGib in a first round knockout during their fight at Meridian at Island Gardens Photo: Getty Images | Michael Reaves

Paul and Askren are set to clash this coming Saturday, April 17, and on Wednesday, the two did some media rounds and participated in an open workout. 

Askren, the former Bellator and ONE Championship titleholder, kept it pretty basic as he clocked in almost 15 minutes of hitting the mitts with his boxing coach.

Asken’s boxing--to be fair--looks a lot crisper now than it was back in his MMA days. 

Maybe working with Freddie Roach had something to do with it. 

Paul, meanwhile, had a big posse along with him, and he proceeded to some core strength and stretching exercises.

The Internet sensation showed amazing core strength as he balanced himself up on his trainers feet and held the position for a good number of minutes. 

After a few more stretching routines, Paul finally laced up his boxing boots, skipped rope, and then did some shadow boxing while blasting music from the late, great DMX. 

There would be no hitting of pads as Paul wrapped up by doing some photo ops and answering questions from the media. 

Paul and Askren will be headlining Saturday’s fight card at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

The seven-bout card will also feature Regis Prograis vs. Ivan Redkach and Steve Cunningham vs. Frank Mir.