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How the public is betting Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren on fight day

The betting public is backing the underdog in moneyline wagering, but the favorite in winning method options.

Ben Askren shoves Jake Paul as they face off during a news conference for Triller Fight Club’s inaugural 2021 boxing event at The Venetian Las Vegas on March 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Paul and Askren will face each other in the main event that will take place on April 17, 2021, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

UPDATE: Jake Paul won via first round TKO. Watch the finishing punch here.

Update: 8:45 p.m. The odds are moving in Askren’s direction, with Jake Paul down to -167 as the favorite, and Ben Askren now +125 as the underdog at DraftKings Sportsbook. The winning method splits have mostly stayed the same however.

On Saturday night in Atlanta, the highly-anticipated fight between YouTube star Jake Paul and former NCAA wrestling champion Ben Askren is live on pay-per-view.

There’s been plenty of betting on both sides for this match, but the underdog is Askren as he’s never competed in a boxing match previously. However he does hold a 19-2 MMA record with two NCAA national championships at Missouri.

Paul is 2-0 career after defeating fellow YouTube’r AnEsonGib and former NBA Slam Dunk Champion Nate Robinson in 2020

Both Paul and Askren haven’t been short on trash talk, and there should be plenty of audience for the boxing/concert/celebrity event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. But this bout is the headliner, and we’ll see what happens in the ring.

Betting splits

Here are the betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook for Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren on April 17th:

Jake Paul: -177, 45% of handle, 31% of bets
Ben Askren: +130, 55% of handle, 69% of bets

Winning method splits

Here are the splits for the method of victory at DraftKings Sportsbook for Jake Paul vs. Ben Askren on April 17th:

Jake Paul by KO, TKO, or DQ: -112, 44% of handle, 20% of bets
Ben Askren by KO, TKO, or DQ: +375, 31% of handle, 45% of bets
Jake Paul by points: +600, 15% of handle, 17% of bets
Ben Askren by points: +350, 7% of handle, 13% of bets
Tie: +1200, 3% of handle, 4% of bets

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