Eddie Hearn ‘is SUING YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul’ for defamation after his ‘outrageously false’ claims that Matchroom paid a judge in Anthony Joshua’s defeat by Oleksandr Usyk… as boxing promoter seeks over $75,000 in damages
- The English boxing promoter has reacted strongly to Jake Paul’s corruption accusation in the aftermath of the Anthony Joshua’s loss to Oleksandr Usyk
- Eddie Hearn has sued Jake Paul following a claim he had paid off Glenn Feldman
- The high-profile boxing judge scored in favor of Joshua in his recent title fight
- Hearn is seeking more than $75,000 in damages and is suing for defamation
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Jake Paul is reportedly being sued by Eddie Hearn following the YouTuber-turned-boxer’s claims that the Englishman’s company had paid a judge.
In the lawsuit, seen by TMZ, Paul is claimed to have ‘made outrageously false and baseless allegations’ on September 20.
The report says Hearn is suing for defamation and requesting more than $75,000 in damages.
Paul made inflammatory comments to IFL TV that Hearn had paid off judge Glenn Feldman — who was one of three referees 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 watched the fight said it was not 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 $75,000 in damages
Boxing judge Glenn Feldman had his professionalism questioned by Paul earlier this week
‘This judge, Glenn Feldman, gives it to Anthony Joshua? It’s like a repeated crime here…it’s bulls***,’ Paul said.
‘Clearly, this guy is being paid by Matchroom Boxing and that’s 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.’
The ‘repeated crime’ Paul alleges refers not only to Joshua-Usyk but to a previous fight in which Hearn and Paul co-promoted.
Paul alleged that Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, had paid off boxing judge Glenn Feldman for multiple decisions which were in favor of Hearn’s fighters, including Anthony Joshua (left)
Feldman scored the Amanda Serrano bout with Katie Taylor in favor of the Irish fighter in their April undisputed title bout — Serrano is a 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-decision victory.
Speaking on the Matchroom Boxing YouTube channel Thursday, Hearn said: ‘What he said in terms of his allegations of corruption with Glen Feldman is totally unacceptable.
Paul has become a divisive and controversial figure since moving into the boxing sphere
‘We all have a laugh with 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 of boxing.
‘So, for him to come out with idiotic comments without even thinking of what he said is extremely harmful to me and very disrespectful to us as a business and as a family.’
The pair have enjoyed a series of back-and-forth verbal spars in recent months but this time Paul has seemingly crossed a line.
‘I’m not prepared, as I would be on many occasions, to take what he is saying with a pinch of salt on this occasion because it’s bang out of order and totally disrespectful to the sport of boxing and to me and us.’
Eddie Hearn reacted strongly to Paul’s accusations & vehemently denied the corruption claims