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Jake Paul has opened up about the impact his boxing career has had on him (Picture: Getty)

YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul has revealed that he’s been experiencing memory loss and slurred speech since starting his pay-per-view-funded boxing career.

The 24-year-old, who boasts 20.4million subscribers on his YouTube channel and fights Tyron Woodley on Saturday, explained that he noticed the changes when he chatted with loved ones.

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Speaking during an interview on TV programme In Depth with Graham Bensinger, he said: ‘I notice it in conversations with my girlfriend or friends – not remembering something that I should be able to remember that happened a couple days ago. Sometimes in my speech, every hundredth or two hundredth word I’ll mess up or slur, which I didn’t do before.’

Talking about his time .ing American football as a teenager, the star shared that he had experienced multiple concessions then from ‘hard hits all the time, helmet to helmet’.

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He noted that starting out as a boxer had been ‘no different’ as he sparred people on ‘a much higher level’ than him.

When asked how many concussions he’s had ‘all in’, Paul eventually estimated between 20 and 30.

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Symptoms of a concussion can include loss of consciousness, memory loss, confusion and blurry or disturbed vision, according to the NHS.

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Discussing the brain scan he had done as he embarked on his professional boxing career in 2018, Paul shared: ‘The doctor told me t.’s a lack of blood flow from the concussions I had when I would . football into certain areas of my brain, one of them being the frontal lobe which is partially memory.

‘After my first year of boxing, I went back and it was worse.’

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The former Disney Channel star then admitted that the doctor’s advice had been: ‘Don’t do that sport.’

According to UK brain injury association charity Headway, the frontal lobe is the area of the brain behind the forehead and is heavily involved in intellectual activities such as planning and organising, as well as being involved in personality and the control of emotions and behaviour.

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Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley

Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley

Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley at their pre-match weigh-in on Friday ahead of the fight (Picture: Getty)

To help with his symptoms, the YouTuber said he has followed ‘new research’ and ‘experimented’ with psychedelics, including smoking toad venom, which he claims has ‘helped out a ton’.

Paul is set to fight former UFC welterweight champion Woodley on Saturday in a rematch of their August 29 head-to-head, which Paul won by a split decision.

This comes after British boxer Tommy Fury – with whom Paul has a long-running feud – pulled out of their scheduled match on the date due to a bacterial infection and broken rib.

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He has also offered Woodley a $500,000 (£377,458) bonus if he can knock him out, which Jake Bostwick, the bare-knuckle boxer who Paul has been sparring with in the lead-up to the fight, has branded a ‘crazy clause’.

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