Ben Askren will do a "public service" by "punishing" Jake Paul in their boxing showdown, according to legendary trainer Freddie Roach.

Former mixed martial arts champion Askren and YouTuber Paul will face off at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia this Saturday.

UFC president Dana White has already thrown his weight behind Askren by saying he would bet "a million dollars that Paul loses this f****** fight".

Roach - who has trained the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Amir Khan and Georges St-Pierre during his glittering coaching career - echoed White's prediction as he explained why Askren will inflict a first professional defeat on Paul.

Askren's first professional boxing fight is against fellow American Paul
Askren's first professional boxing fight is against fellow American Paul

Roach, speaking via the BonusCodeBets.co.uk blog, said: "I do share Dana's confidence. I'd really like Ben to win this fight and I'll be tuning in to watch it.

"I can't see Jake maintaining the pace Ben will be dictating. And once Jake begins to slow down, Ben will punish him.

"Ben is a pro and a good finisher. That comes from experience at an elite level. What has Jake Paul learned from the level of opposition he has faced?

Roach has trained some of the finest ever boxers, including eight-division world champion Pacquiao
Roach has trained some of the finest ever boxers, including eight-division world champion Pacquiao

"Ben knocking Jake Paul on his ass will be a nice You Tube highlight. I told Ben that beating Jake Paul would be more than a victory, it would be a public service.

"Ben has enjoyed success at an elite level against opposition that is far superior to the opponents Jake has faced.

"Ben knows this and it should give him enormous confidence going into this fight. Ben's power and conditioning are miles ahead of Jake. Ben just needs to crowd Jake."

Askren is a seasoned fighter and held championships in two MMA organisations
Askren is a seasoned fighter and held championships in two MMA organisations

Roach also opened up on what it was like coaching Askren, highlighting the former Bellator and ONE welterweight champion's endurance and power.

The Hall of Fame trainer added: "I received a call from my friend Dana White who asked if I would work with Ben to prepare for his fight with Jake Paul. I had hoped it would be a full camp, but Ben was only able to spend one week with me at Wild Card [Gym]

"Ben came out in mid March and we worked together for six days. We made the most of our time together - he sparred on his first day at Wild Card followed by 12 rounds on the mitts. Not many fighters can do that on their first day in the gym. He worked his tail off all week.

"He has impressive power in his punches and his conditioning is off the charts. I don't think Jake will be able to keep up with Ben much less keep Ben off of him.

"Ben and I worked on controlling the pace of the fight controlling the distance between him and Jake. To me, those two factors are crucial for Ben to succeed. Ben was a quick study and picked up on everything I showed him."