Jake Paul says he has the first signs of CTE before Ben Ask’s fight
Boxer Jake Paul, who became a YouTube star on Friday, said his brain shows the first signs of CTE. The information comes a day before former Bellator and world welterweight champion Ben Askren take on the former third professional.
Paul revealed at a press conference on Friday that a scan showed signs of trauma to his brain. Paul said he would fight Askren, showing no sign of stopping his boxing career later.
CTE – chronic traumatic encephalopathy – is a progressive degenerative brain disease, a violent force that often recurs as a result of trauma and blows to the head. It can only be diagnosed after the person dies.
“It’s a dangerous sport,” Paul said. “That’s why when people question my dedication, I show up every day. I put mental health at bay. My brain is in line. Like you said, I’m gone and got brain scans and they have the first signs of CTE.
“I love this sport and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. And I’m a fighter, and people will see that. From Saturday night or a year from now, they’ll see that I’m a fighter,” Paul said.
Below, Paul examines his brain trauma and his future career in boxing:
Paul, 24, is not the only person in his family who has had trauma. Logan Paul, a 26-year-old older brother, also underwent brain scans in 2019, which showed trauma as a result of boxing.
Jake Paul will take on Askren around 9pm on Saturday via Triller.