RELEASE: Eddie Hearn is suing YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul for more than 100 MILLION after his ‘outrageously false’ claims that Matchroom paid a referee in Anthony Joshua’s defeat by Oleksandr Usyk
- Eddie Hearn is suing Jake Paul over a claim he had paid Glenn Feldman
- Hearn’s lawyer told DailyMail.com the promoter is seeking $100 million in damages
- The English boxing promoter has reacted strongly to Jake Paul’s corruption allegations in the wake of Anthony Joshua’s loss to Oleksandr Usyk
- The high-profile boxing referee scored in favor of Joshua in his latest title fight
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Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sports are suing YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul for more than $100 MILLION in a defamation case, the promoter’s lawyer has told DailyMail.com.
Hearn has distanced himself from ‘outrageously false and baseless claims’ made by Paul on September 20, in which he claimed the Englishman’s company had paid off a referee on more than one occasion.
Matchroom is now seeking over $100 million in damages, and in a statement to DailyMail.com, Hearn’s lawyer Frank Salzano said: ‘Both legally and ethically, there is a clear line that separates opinion from defamatory lies. Jake Paul knows this, and he intentionally crossed that line when he falsely accused Matchroom Boxing and Eddie Hearn of fixing matches.
Nevertheless, he was still given the opportunity to retract his defamatory statements and refused. Now he will face the legal consequences of his actions as Matchroom and Mr. Hearn will seek damages well in excess of $100 million given the value and goodwill attached to the Matchroom business and the damaging nature of Mr. Paul’s comments.’
Paul made inflammatory comments to IFL TV that Hearn had paid referee Glenn Feldman – who was one of three judges for Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk’s rematch.
“Glenn Feldman shows up in Saudi and scores Anthony Joshua to win the fight when everyone who saw the fight said it wasn’t a split decision,” he said.
Jake Paul and Eddie Hearn have clashed in the past, but now a lawsuit has been filed with Hearn suing for defamation, with the Englishman seeking more than $100 MILLION in damages
Boxing referee Glenn Feldman had his professionalism questioned by Paul earlier this week
‘This referee, Glenn Feldman, gives it to Anthony Joshua? It’s like a repeat offense here… it’s bulls***, Paul said.
“Obviously this guy is being paid by Matchroom Boxing and it’s a bold statement and an accusation that I don’t take seriously, but it’s just blatant. And they’re not even trying to hide it.’
The ‘repeat offense’ that Paul claims refers not only to Joshua-Usyk, but to a previous fight that Hearn and Paul co-promoted.
Paul claimed that Hearns Matchroom Boxing had paid boxing referee Glenn Feldman for several decisions that favored Hearns fighters, including Anthony Joshua (left)
Feldman scored Amanda Serrano bout with Katie Taylor to benefit the Irish fighter in their undisputed title fight in April – Serrano is part of the American’s MVP stable.
The American judge controversially scored the Usyk-Joshua fight 115-113 in favor of the Brit despite the other two judges having Usyk ahead, with the Ukrainian ultimately retaining the WBA (Super), WBO and IBF titles with a split win – decision.
Talking about Matchroom Boxing YouTube Channel On Thursday, Hearn said: ‘What he said in relation to his allegations of corruption with Glen Feldman is completely unacceptable.
Paul has become a divisive and controversial figure since moving into the boxing sphere
‘We all laugh at Jake and he’s an average fighter but I’m telling you now what he said is unacceptable and it will be dealt with because we take this sport, our values as a family seriously and we love the sport. boxing.
‘So it’s extremely damaging for me to come out with idiotic comments without even thinking about what he said and very disrespectful to us as a company and as a family.’
The pair have enjoyed a series of back-and-forth verbal sparring in recent months, but this time Paul has apparently crossed a line.
‘I am not prepared, as I would be on many occasions, to take what he says with a grain of salt on this occasion because it is out of order and totally disrespectful to the sport of boxing and to me and to us.’
Eddie Hearn reacted strongly to Paul’s accusations and strongly denied the corruption claims