Eddie Hearn is not one bit happy with Jake Paul.
The Matchroom Boxing chief has launched a $100 million lawsuit against the YouTuber-turned-boxer, per TMZ Sports, following Paul’s claims in a recent interview that he believes that a judge was paid off by Hearn in the recent fights between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano, as well as Anthony Joshua’s August defeat to Oleksandr Usyk.
Taylor defeated Serrano by split decision, while Usyk earned the same result against Joshua.
“[Judge] Glenn Feldman shows up in Saudi and scores Anthony Joshua to win the fight when everyone who watched the fight said it was not a split decision,” Paul said earlier this month. “Clearly, this guy is getting paid money by Matchroom Boxing.”
Feldman was also a judge in Katie Taylor’s win against Amanda Serrano earlier this year; a close fight in which a majority of pundits agreed that Taylor was the rightful winner.
Paul added that he knew it was “a bold statement and an accusation that I don’t take likely, but it’s just blatantly obvious. And they’re not even trying to hide it.”
And per Hearn’s attorney Frank Salzano, Paul’s statement should hit him in his wallet.
“Both legally and ethically there is a clear line separating opinion from defamatory lies. Jake Paul knows that, and he purposely crossed that line when he wrongly accused Matchroom Boxing and Eddie Hearn of fixing fights,” he said.
“Nonetheless he was still given an opportunity to retract his defamatory statements and refused to. Now he will face the legal consequences of his actions as Matchroom and Mr. Hearn will be seeking damages in well excess of $100 million given the value and goodwill attached to the Matchroom business and the harmful nature of Mr. Paul’s comments.”
Eddie Hearn has previously promoted one of Paul’s previous fights against another internet celebrity, while also co-promoted the Taylor vs. Serrano matchup. Serrano is represented by Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions.