Jake Paul has revealed he is going against expert medical advice by continuing to box while suffering with symptoms of brain damage.
Paul, 24, will step into the ring for his fifth professional fight this weekend when he takes on former UFC star Tyron Woodley in Tampa, Florida.
The bout represents a rematch after the YouTuber took a dubious split decision over his American compatriot in August, although Woodley has been forced to step in at short notice after Paul's original opponent, Tommy Fury, withdrew from the event.
Fury's announcement came just days after he'd publicly pleaded with his bitter rival to go through with the clash leaving a furious Paul to vow not to give him a chance of a rearranged fight.
However, fans and pundits will now be questioning whether 'The Problem Child' should be negotiating fights with anyone, after his revelations to journalist Graham Bensinger.
"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 admitted.
"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."
And having already fought four times in a two-year professional career, he admitted he was defying medical advice by continuing to box.
"[The doctors] advice is don't do that sport," he added.
"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.
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"I was always thrown in there with people who were way better than me until I started to slowly get to their level."
The Cleveland man confessed that he regularly shows symptoms of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), and has had to battle memory loss and slurred speech.
He also conceded what he was doing was "detrimental" to his health.
"I notice it in conversations with my girlfriends or friends, not remembering something that I should be able to remember that happened a couple of 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."
Paul said he has sought to negate the effects of CTE by using psychedelic drugs.
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