Sometimes you have to learn things the hard way. For Jake Paul, that means facing a defamation lawsuit.
TMZ reported that Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn filed a lawsuit on Friday that accuses Paul of defamation. The suit follows Paul’s recent claims that boxing judge Glenn Feldman “is getting paid money” to score bouts in favor of Hearn’s fighters, specifically Katie Taylor and Anthony Joshua.
“Both legally and ethically there is a clear line separating opinion from defamatory lies,” Salzano told TMZ.
“Jake Paul knows that, and he purposely crossed that line when he wrongly accused Matchroom Boxing and Eddie Hearn of fixing fights.”
“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.”
Hearn and Paul had worked together to promote the April matchup between Matchroom’s Katie Taylor and Most Valuable Promotions’ Amanda Serrano, and seemed to have gotten along well, even cracking a few jokes with one another.
But that changed in May when Hearn referred to the YouTuber-turned-boxer as an “average fighter.” To which Paul responded, “Eddie Hearn, f— you, you can suck my d—.”
Paul made claims last week that Feldman had conspired with Matchroom Boxing to fix Serrano’s bout against Taylor in favor of the Irish boxer. Feldman had scored the bout in favor of Taylor by a bigger margin than the other two judges.
Then Paul referred to Joshua’s rematch against unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, who won by split decision. Feldman scored in favor of Joshua 115-113 compared to the other scorecards which were 116-112 and 115-113 for Usyk.
According to a document obtained by ESPN, Salzano noted that judges were assigned by commissions in New York for Taylor-Serrano and the Middle East for Usyk-Joshua.
“[Paul’s] defamatory statements were made with malicious intent and have caused financial and reputational harm to [Hearn and Matchroom], which is precisely what [Paul] intended when he made the outlandish accusations,” Salzano wrote.
Hearn’s team wants a jury trial.