Jake Paul isn’t dropping sleep at evening over the critics who query his dedication to fight sports activities, however he has an odd manner of proving his dedication.
At simply 24 years outdated, Paul is making ready for under his third skilled battle this weekend in opposition to retired UFC fighter Ben Askren. However he claims the harm carried out to his physique and mind are already fairly vital.
“It’s a harmful sport,” Paul mentioned about boxing in the course of the Triller media day on Thursday. “That’s why when folks query my dedication to it, I’m exhibiting up each single day, I’m placing my psychological well being on the road, my mind is on the road. I’ve gone and gotten mind scans and have early indicators of CTE however I like this sport and I wouldn’t commerce it for the rest.
“I’m a fighter and folks will see that. Whether or not it’s after Saturday evening or a yr from now, they are going to see that I’m a fighter.”
Continual traumatic encephalopathy — extra generally generally known as CTE —is a time period used to explain “mind degeneration doubtless brought on by repeated head trauma” and there are not any recognized methods to detect CTE in a residing affected person. The one solution to really diagnose CTE is thru “deposits of tau and different proteins within the mind that may be seen solely upon inspection after loss of life” throughout an post-mortem.
Presently, docs are solely capable of suspect CTE in sufferers who’re at the next threat attributable to repeated incidents of head trauma over a number of years after competing involved sports activities like boxing or soccer.
Paul backed down from his CTE feedback Friday morning.
Regardless, Paul believes that simply reveals how a lot ardour he’s exhibiting towards his new profession in boxing, though he isn’t rattled by those that query his dedication to the game.
“I exploit all of it as gasoline within the fuel tank to work tougher each single day,” Paul mentioned. “I do know that going into this battle and I do know that for the previous three fights I’ve had everybody needs to see Jake Paul lose. That’s why I work so onerous each single day and encompass myself with the very best workforce and take this so critically. As a result of this battle means the whole lot.
“Shedding is just not an choice, fairly actually. It simply isn’t an choice in my head. It’s not going to occur. I’ve put within the work and that’s why I’m assured in my capability and assured I’ll come out on prime.”
His showdown with Askren would be the first time Paul has confronted anyone with reliable battle expertise after taking up a fellow YouTuber in his debut bout after which dispatching ex-NBA participant Nate Robinson final yr.
A win on Saturday evening would transfer Paul to 3-0 in his profession, however he doesn’t count on that can be practically sufficient to silence the doubters.
“It doesn’t matter to me however I believe individuals are going to make a ton of excuses for him afterwards, which is nice,” Paul mentioned. “Similar to once more, I deliver up Floyd [Mayweather] however Floyd’s 50-0 and folks nonetheless debate why he shouldn’t be 50-0 and the judges, he shouldn’t have received this battle, he shouldn’t have received that battle, he picked the straightforward battle right here. So individuals are at all times going to have excuses. It’s a part of the sport.
“However once more that’s why they’re going to tune into the subsequent pay-per-view after I [fight] Ben to try to see me lose. It doesn’t actually matter to me in any respect and sure, Ben is the primary skilled fighter I’ve confronted in an actual battle. However I’ve sparred in opposition to 250 guys within the health club who’re so much higher than Ben.”
To listen to him inform it, Paul already considers himself a critical menace to anyone within the sport of boxing, even when nobody believes him but.
“I see myself as an elite fighter proper now,” Paul mentioned. “A younger prospect with plenty of motivation and plenty of starvation. I believe folks see me as a sh*tty newbie. There’s type of a giant distinction and there’s a giant hole between the place I’m really at and what the overall viewers will assume.
“However I’m excited once more to point out my capability on Saturday in opposition to Ben, who’s a world class fighter.”
If all goes effectively and he’s capable of beat Askren this weekend, Paul isn’t able to say simply but what can be subsequent for him however he expects the long run to be shiny irrespective of who he faces.
He might not be calling out world champions however Paul is aware of whoever he fights will deliver a giant crowd and find yourself as a worthwhile even for the promoter, his opponent and himself.
“I wish to proceed to problem myself with my opponents and proceed to construct up my stage of competitors and make historical past with historic occasions and break pay-per-view information and battle massive, massive names,” Paul mentioned. “Simply have enjoyable.
“That is such a enjoyable sport. That is such a enjoyable time and these occasions are so cool and I simply wish to deliver extra eyes normally.”
For those who’re not a fan of Paul or simply wish to watch him fall flat on his face, he’s OK with that as effectively — as long as you’re prepared to place up the cash to purchase his pay-per-view.
“Tune in and see if I’m [ready] or not,” Paul mentioned. “Discover out for your self. TrillerFightClub.com, order that pay-per-view as a result of if you happen to’re not watching, you’re the one lacking out and look I’ve devoted the final 18 months of my life to this and we’ve been in a critical coaching camp, sparring world champions. So that you’re going to see if I’m prepared or not.”