Jake Paul admits he’s suffered brain damage from boxing ahead of Ben Askren bout

Jake Paul says he is showing "early signs" of the brain disease CTE as he continues to put his "mental health on the line" by pursuing a boxing career.

The American, 24, will contest his third professional bout this weekend against former mixed martial arts champion Ben Askren, 36.

Paul recorded knockout victories over British YouTuber AnEsonGib and former NBA star Nate Robinson in his first two fights.

He is determined to forge a successful and lucrative boxing career, claiming he is already one of the top five highest-paid fighters in the business.

But Paul admits his "love" of the sport has come at a cost as he is showing signs of CTE, a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated blows to the head.

"It's a dangerous sport," said Paul. "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. 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.

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"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."

Despite Paul's claims, CTE can only be diagnosed by studying the brain after death and there are no scans which can spot "early signs" of the disease.

Furthermore, Paul may have put himself at risk of being refused a boxing license by athletic commissions in the future.

In the meantime, the former Disney Channel star is convinced he will advance his record to three wins without loss against ex-UFC welterweight Askren, who was a champion in the Bellator and ONE promotions.

"I’m confident in my ability to destroy this guy," said Paul.

"They [mixed martial artists] have no head movement, they’re slow, they aren’t going to the gym every day and boxing."

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