Jake Paul’s clash with Ben Akren will feature a star-studded line-up, including Justin Bieber as Triller Fight Club stamp their own unique authority on the sport.
YouTube sensation, Paul fights for the third time as a professional and the second time on Triller against former UFC fighter Askren, who makes his professional debut at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Atlanta on Saturday night.
The fight which will be on Triller pay-per-view for $49.99 in the USA and on FITE TV pay-per-view for £17 in the UK, starting at around 4am will feature performances from the likes of Justin Bieber, The Black Keys, Diplo, Doja Cat, Saweetie and Major Lazer.
Rapper Snoop Dogg who founded ‘Fight Club’ with Triller will also perform as part of the recently-formed hip hop group Mt. Westmore, alongside Ice Cube, Too $hort and E-40.
“From The Black Keys to Justin Bieber, Diplo to Doja Cat, and a special segment by Snoop Dogg and the biggest legends in hip-hop, we have the wide-ranging lineup that will help break records for this four-quadrant PPV event on April 17th,” Triller co-founder Bobby Sarnevesht said in a statement.
“Triller has drawn from all its resources in the music world to deliver as epic a music event as ever there was.”
“This event is more like making a tentpole movie than a boxing match,” Triller co-founder Ryan Kavanaugh said.
“By bringing in the creative genius Bert Marcus and pairing his unique story-telling vision with his unmatched shooting style, the Fight Club event is going shock and awe people.
“An all-star artist line-up with a boxing card that mixes pop culture phenoms, legends and rising stars; we are giving the world something that has never been seen or done before.”
Saturday night marks Triller’s second event following their launch in November which featured Mike Tyson’s return to the ring after 15 years in an exhibition against Roy Jones Jr, resulting in a draw, whilst Jake Paul knocked out former NBA star Nate Robinson on the undercard.
The platform will also host Teofimo Lopez’s undisputed Lightweight clash with mandatory challenger George Kambosos Jr on June on pay-per-view, after winning the purse bid in February with a bid of $6.018m, beating Matchroom Boxing and Lopez’s promoter Top Rank.
Former undisputed Cruiserweight and Heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield will also feature on the card against Kevin McBride.
McBride famously beat Tyson in his final professional bout in 2005.