Michael Buffer apologises to Ben Askren for mispronouncing his name just moments before Jake Paul KO
Michael Buffer has apologised to Ben Askren after mispronouncing his name just moments before Jake Paul knocked him out.
The former ONE Championship and Bellator welterweight champion was stopped in the very first round of the glitzy affair at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Although Askren made a tidy sum from the bout, his pride will have surely taken a hit after being knocked out by the YouTuber.
However, considering he has a rather simple name to pronounce correctly, it will surely have irked the 36-year-old to hear legendary announcer Buffer get it so horribly wrong.
As he was introducing the MMA hero and Olympian, Buffer called him ‘Ben Askew’ and it caused a sizeable reaction on social media as well as drawing a confused look from the veteran.
However, speaking to TooFab at LAX, Buffer made sure he sent Askren an apology.
“Oh thanks for bringing that up,” he said. “I did — I really feel bad. Yeah, it happens.
“I’m hard on myself, believe me.”
When asked if he felt as though it was a contributing factor in the result, ‘The Voice of Boxing’ maintained it did not, but was sure to pass on his sincere apology.
“No. He’s a professional. That’s not going to throw him off. But yeah — I’m going to try to find a way to reach out to him personally and let him know I feel just as bad as he did, sure.”