JAKE PAUL is set to train with UFC superstar Jorge Masvidal ahead of his boxing match with Ben Askren.
The YouTuber will throw down with the former UFC welterweight in a professional boxing match on April 17.
And he's set to call on the services of Askren's old foe Masvidal ahead of their showdown.
Paul told ESPN: “We’re here in Miami training. I wanted to channel Masvidal’s energy since he’s in Florida.
"I wanted to link up with Masvidal. I’m linking up with Masvidal tomorrow. He’s going to help me train for this fight.
"And hopefully, I can knock out Askren faster than Masvidal did. I know it seems like a lofty goal, but if I can get under 4.9 seconds then I can break his record."
Masvidal scored the fastest knockout in UFC history in his 2019 meeting with Askren, who he KO'd in five seconds with a vicious flying knee and ground-and-pound.
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Askren, 36, goes into his clash with Paul with no professional boxing experience to his name but isn't fazed by the prospect of facing the former Disney star.
He told ESPN: “It’s not like I’m going to box Mike Tyson. It’s not like I’m going to box Roy Jones Jr.
"Yeah, if I had to box those dudes, I’d be genuinely worried. I would be nervous.
"Or maybe, name another good guy. I’d be like, ‘Aww (s**t).’ Even if I had to fight in a boxing match (against) some of these MMA guys.
"I’ve stepped in the cage with trained killers – guys who do this for a living. Jake Paul is a YouTube star who beat up two guys who have literally never been in a fight in their lives.
"The notion this guy is good at boxing is delusional.”
Former Bellator and One Championship welterweight king Askren is predicting a seventh-round stoppage win over Paul, who is 2-0 as a professional boxer.
That prediction has amused Paul, who said: "Go Google Ben Askren's striking. Hahaha.
"It's not going to go that long, it's not going to go that long. I don't even think he'll hit me. I haven't been hit one time in the face in my past two fights.
"So I haven't even been punched as pro boxer one time. Nate Robinson landed one body shot in a clinch.
"I don't think Ben Askren will even hit me. That's my prediction."
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