Pete Davidson conducted an awkward Jake Paul pre-fight interview that appeared to be censored. The cut audio has people talking.

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Pete Davidson interviewed Jake Paul before his boxing match. Triller
  • Pete Davidson interviewed Jake Paul before his boxing match with Ben Askren.

  • The interview was censored when broadcast, which led many people to speculate what was said.

  • Before the fight, a sexual assault allegation made against Paul made headlines.

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Before YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul knocked out former MMA champion Ben Askren in under two minutes, he took part in an awkward locker-room interview with Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson.

Davidson roasted Paul in a pre-fight monologue on Saturday at the Triller Fight Club event in Atlanta, but seemed much friendlier in person. After greeting one another, Davidson joked that Paul reminded him of "Charlie Sheen when he went on his winning tirade" - referencing Sheen's notorious string of interviews in which he claimed to have "tiger blood and Adonis DNA."

A few seconds into the interview, Davidson's audio cut out, leaving the viewers to speculate about what he said. When the audio returned, Paul can be heard responding, "bro, you can't joke around about that."

"No, I'm not. I'm not," Davidson said, then asked if Paul was "good."

"I'm good bro, I'm good," Paul said. One of his team then added that "nothing" was happening.

Several commentators, including gossip columnist Perez Hilton, speculated that Davidson was asking Paul about a sexual assault allegation made against him by TikToker Justine Paradise days before the fight, and that the audio cut out because the question was censored.

In a 20-minute YouTube video posted on April 9, Paradise said Paul forced her to give him oral sex at his home in July 2019.

On April 13, Paul denied the allegations in a statement on Twitter, saying the claims were "100% false." He also denied the allegations through his lawyer Daniel E. Gardenswartz.

"Our client is aware of the recent allegation against him. While others have already begun to debunk the claim alleged against him, our client categorically denies the allegation and has every intention of aggressively disproving it and pursuing legal action against those responsible for the defamation of his character," said Gardenswartz.

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After what looked like an awkward pause, Davidson told Paul he was originally going to keep the interview "really light," and ask him questions such as what his favorite color was.

Davidson then asked a question about the robot version of himself Paul brought to his weigh-in with Askren, before thanking Paul for having him at the event.

Jake Paul and Ben Askren boxing
Jake Paul knocked out Ben Askren in under two minutes. Photo by Triller Fight Club

The camaraderie didn't last though, with Davidson calling Paul "a piece of s---" when interviewing his opponent Askren shortly after.

With his win against Askren, Paul's record is 3-0-0, meaning he's won all three matches he's competed in, with zero losses and zero draws, although he has yet to compete against a professional boxer. Paul, who has over 20 million YouTube subscribers, pivoted to boxing alongside his older brother and fellow YouTube star Logan Paul in 2018, when they fought a white-collar boxing match against another YouTuber brother duo, Olajide and Deji Olatunji (better known as KSI and Deji respectively).

Paul then made his professional boxing debut against YouTuber AnEsonGib in January 2020, following it up with a match against professional basketball player Nate Robinson in November 2020. He won in the first and second rounds respectively.

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