YOUTUBE star Jake Paul is cutting no corners as he plots what would be the most impressive win of his fledgling boxing career.
Having already beaten AnEsonGib and former NBA star Nate Robinson, Paul is targeting a victory over former Bellator and One Championship welterweight king Ben Askren on April 17.
Askren, 36, was known in MMA as more of a grappler than a striker, leaving him heading into the ring against Paul without his best tools.
But according to Jacked Gorilla, Paul is taking nothing for granted against the seasoned combat competitor, with his disciplined diet reflecting his seriousness.
The 24-year-old begins his day with a breakfast of oatmeal and fruit.
Snacks are limited for the ripped American, with only protein shakes or even ice cubes allowed when he is in training.
For lunch, he tucks into tasty salmon and veg.
And dinner consists of chicken and salad.
True to form, Paul was spotted by Page Six insiders out for a healthy meal at The Gramercy in Florida on Sunday.
He kept his order 'clean and light', by opting for his trusty combo of grilled chicken and water.
But he did promise the restaurant's management that he'd be back, victorious, to try their deviled eggs and banana split.
Askren will have something to say about that, however, having belittled Paul as a boxing 'pretender'.
He told ESPN: "I know Jake Paul is enjoying pretending he is a fighter.
"I think on April 17 he is going to have a rude awakening to what being a fighter is really like. Jake has led a privileged life… I’m going to put his dreams to an end."
Former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw, however, has admitted that the MMA community are 'very nervous right now'.
He told Mike Swick: "Askren should win right, but I’m nervous about it.
"You watch him strike and it’s like the MMA world is very nervous right now that he’s gonna be.
I wouldn’t say Askren’s the better striker I think he’s just the better competitor and that’s what’s gonna win him the fight
"He should win the fight. He should be smart enough.
"I mean Jake Paul is gonna get tired, he should be able to wear him out and make him lose his explosiveness and dance around and get the win.
"But I wouldn’t say Askren’s the better striker I think he’s just the better competitor and that’s what’s gonna win him the fight.
"At least I really hope so, my fingers are crossed because man, crazy."
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