Jake Paul Says He's Showing Early Signs Of CTE After Taking Up Boxing
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The YouTuber turned boxer spoke during a media appearance ahead of his bout against former UFC star Ben Askren, in which he said he'd undergone brain scans but that he 'loves the sport' and doesn't regret becoming a fighter.
Paul said: "It's a dangerous sport. That's why, when people question my dedication to it, it's like, I'm showing up every single day.
"I'm putting my mental health on the line, my brain is on the line. Like you said, I've gone and gotten brain scans and [I] have early signs of CTE.
"But, I love this sport and wouldn't trade it for anything else. I'm a fighter and people will see that whether it's after Saturday night or whether it's a year from now they will see that I'm a fighter."
CTE is a brain degeneration that is thought to be caused by repeated trauma to the head.
According to the NHS, typical symptoms of the condition include short-term memory loss, changes in mood and slurred speech.
Since Paul's claims, experts in the industry have suggested that it could make things more difficult next time he wants to get a fight licenced.
Askren made a recent appearance on Logan Paul's IMPAULSIVE podcast where he discussed the upcoming fight and revealed that he didn't think Paul was going to be a very good fighter.
Speaking to his opponent's brother, Askren said: "If Jake's really, really good, I'm probably not gonna beat him... but, I think he's probably not really that good. That's what I think, for real."
He added: "There's a chance he's really good. If he's really, really good, he's going to beat me. But I don't think he's really good, that's what it comes down to.
"He beat up a YouTuber and a basketball player... so what about that makes him good?"
Well, I guess we'll find out on Saturday, won't we?