Jake Paul confirms Tommy Fury has pulled out of December fight
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Jake Paul has made a harrowing admission about the effect boxing has had on his brain, despite his professional career being just four fights old. Paul, 24 will fight again in Florida this Saturday in a rematch with former UFC star Tyron Woodley.
Woodley has stepped in at short notice after Paul’s original opponent, Tommy Fury, controversially withdrew from the clash citing illness and injury. Many pundits were left questioning Paul taking a split decision aginst the 39-year-old first time around, with this bout billed as “Leave No Doubt” as a result.
However, the YouTuber has now raised fears about his suitability to continue in the sport after admitting brain scans had revealed damage from his previous four fights.
Prior to facing fellow internet influencer AnEsonGib in his first fight back in December 2019, Paul underwent a scan which left doctors advising him against competing due to previous concussions he suffered in American football.
He proceeded to ignore that advice with three further fights, and despite the damaging now worsening, still intends to continue.
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“I got my brain scanned right before I started boxing and the doctor told me there’s lack of blood flow from the concussions I had playing football to certain areas on my brain,” he told American journalist Graham Bensinger.
“One of them I believe is the frontal lobe which is partial for memory and so on. After my first year of boxing I went back and it was worse.
“[The doctors] advice is don’t do that sport. That’s all they can advise as a doctor, I think before it was affecting me at a rapid pace because I never took it easy.
“I was always thrown in there with people who were way better than me until I started to slowly get to their level.”
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Paul’s comments are likely to lead to scrutiny over his desire to keep competing in the sport, especially given he also admitted to using psychedelic drugs such as DMT to battle the symptoms of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) – namely memory loss and slurred speech.
“You’re doing something that is detrimental to your long term health,” he continued.
“I notice it in conversations with my girlfriends or friends, not remembering something that I should be able to remember that happened a couple days ago. Sometimes in my speech, there’s like every 100th or 200th word I’ll mess up or like slur, which I didn’t do that before.
“I’ve talked to tons and tons of people about it and there’s new research and science to combat against it, things like psychedelics and toad.”
Regardless, Paul is planning bouts beyond his second showdown with Woodley, although those plans don’t now include former Love Island star Fury.
He told Showtime Boxing this week that the Englishman “had his shot” and has now blown his chance of a huge payday.
This was despite attempts from Fury’s father, John, to demand that the pair negotiated a rearranged fight for February 2022.
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