Retired MMA veteran Ben Askren is now claiming that Youtube star Jake Paul is backing away from a potential March boxing match.

Last month, Paul raised his pro record to 2-0 with 2 knockouts - after brutally blasting out NBA star Nate Robinson in two rounds, as part of the pay-per-view co-feature to the Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones exhibition clash.

Askren (19-2 in MMA) claimed last week he had accepted a fight against Paul in Los Angeles in March.

Paul, 23-years-old, has called out several MMA fighters in recent weeks - including UFC superstar Conor McGregor.

McGregor has ignored his advances - but other MMA names like Michael Bisping, Amanda Nunes and Askren are ready to step in the ring with him.

Askren explains that Paul was aggressively pursuing him, sent over an offer, but has now gone radio silent.

“I’m retired, coaching wrestling, doing some podcasts, buying some bitcoin, enjoying life,” Askren said.

“I don’t really want to fight anybody. So November, this jabroni Jake Paul calls me out, puts up a poster with my name. It’s kinda funny, whatever, no big deal. Well then, a couple weeks later, I get a couple of texts. Then a week after that I get some calls. Then I get an offer. OK, this guy really wants to fight.

“Am I opposed to making some easy money beating up a YouTuber? Of course I’m not. So what do I do? Sure, Jacob, I’ll fight you. No problem. I accept publicly on Twitter, nonetheless. Since then, Jacob’s went silent. Jacob’s kind of a coward. Sorry guys, don’t think the fight is gonna happen.”