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Eddie Hearn threatens Jake Paul with potential lawsuit over ‘idiotic’ fight fixing allegations

Jake Paul’s allegations over possible altercations could lead to a lawsuit from Matchroom CEO Eddie Hearn.

The threat of legal action stemmed from comments Paul made about boxing judge Glenn Feldman after being presented with some puzzling scorecards in recent fights with athletes promoted by Matchroom. In particular, Paul’s anger at Feldman began after he scored Katie Taylor and defeated Amanda Serrano by the widest margin of a judge overseeing the April match.

“I still think Amanda Serrano won the fight [over Katie Taylor]’, Paul told IFL TV. “Then you see this judge Glenn Feldman, who had the biggest gap between Taylor and Serrano. Everyone pretty much had a draw… a draw or Amanda won. But there is one judge, Glenn Feldman, who scored it such a big gap for Taylor, gave rounds that Amanda clearly won, to Taylor.

“Then this judge, Glenn Feldman, shows up in Saudi Arabia and Anthony Joshua scores to win [over Oleksandr Usyk]. Everyone who saw the fight [knows] it is not a split decision. Usyk had a runaway win, clearly won the fight. This judge, Glenn Feldman, gives it to Anthony Joshua? It’s like a repeated crime here. This kind of shit, I call it here in boxing because it’s bulls***. It is clear that this man is getting money from Matchroom Boxing.”

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In response, Hearn fired back at Paul saying legal action could be taken against the YouTube celebrity turned boxer for defaming the name of his promotion.

“I hate all that, but at the end of the day you have to teach these people sometimes,” Hearn told Boxing Social. “You really have two options: you can reprimand him or sue him. I’m not around him, I’m not going to chin him anyway. I hate it but it’s like it’s so idiotic and it’s basically disrespectful to the sport he knows nothing about.

First he says ‘why does Eddie Hearn keep using these judges?’ I don’t use judges. The committee selects all judges and various committees around the world. By the way, Glenn Feldman is one of the best judges, speak to everyone in the sport. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about. To make those accusations, it really pissed me off and even upset me. It even pushed me to move on.”

According to Hearn, the only thing that can prevent a possible lawsuit is a public mea culpa from Paul after the damning accusations he made.

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“I want an official apology from him and if he doesn’t, we’ll see what to do,” Hearn said. “But I don’t want our name in this company to be slandered and the integrity of what we do. It’s very important to us and our love for the sport by a guy who has no idea what he’s talking about.

“Listen, he’s good for the sport, we laugh, he’s average, he doesn’t like me, Taylor-Serrano, etc. That’s another level. So that is being addressed.”

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Despite Paul’s claims, Hearn stated that it won’t doom a possible rematch between Taylor and Serrano, as he understands the magnitude of a second fight between two of the best women’s boxers in the world.

The first fight ended as a 10-round barnburner and Hearn says he wouldn’t be doing his job if he somehow torpedoed Paul’s accusations in a massive rematch like that.

“Yes [I would continue to work with him] because that’s my job,” Hearn said. “It’s not about me or Matchroom. My job is to deliver for my fighters. There’s a huge payday for Amanda Serrano and Katie Taylor to give the audience part 2 of one of the best fights we’ve ever seen. We should all work to make that happen.

“I’m not going to suddenly say ‘Katie Taylor, you can’t fight Amanda Serrano because Jake Paul said stupid things,’ but in the end we have to defend ourselves and stand up for what we believe in.”

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