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CM Punk Believes People Are Overlooking Striking of Ben Askren Against Jake Paul

April 17, 2021 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

TMZ Sports recently spoke to former WWE Superstar CM Punk, who shared his thoughts on the upcoming boxing match between former UFC fighter Ben Askren and Jake Paul. The pay-per-view boxing match is set for later tonight in Atlanta, Georgia.

Punk previously trained with Ben Askren for his short-lived MMA career. Before joining MMA, Askren became a two-time Division I NCAA champion. He also competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in freestyle wrestling.

When asked if people are overlooking Askren’s striking, Punk stated, “I think so. But, I think it’s easy to do. It’s easy to sit on your couch and say that Ben isn’t a striker.” He added, “I know a lot of people are counting him out, but I don’t think anybody should be surprised if he wins.”

Punk and Askren previously trained together at Roufusport. Punk fought twice in the UFC, going 0-2. Meanwhile, Askren retired from MMA after going 1-2 in the UFC, after he was finished in back-to-back fights against welterweight contenders Jorge Masvidal and Demian Maia.

You can view a video of Punk’s thoughts on the matchup below: