Eddie Hearn has vowed to take legal action against Jake Paul after the American accused his promotion company Matchroom of paying off a prominent boxing judge.
‘The Problem Child’ was angered by Glenn Feldman when he scored against his Most Valuable Promotions fighter, Amanda Serrano, in her fight with Katie Taylor earlier this year.
Last month, Feldman was the only official to have Anthony Joshua edge out Oleksandr Usyk in their unified heavyweight title rematch in Saudi Arabia.
During a recent interview with IFL TV, which has since been removed from YouTube, the 5-0 boxer alleged that Feldman was corrupt and was being paid by Hearn’s promotion to score fights for them.
“Anyone who watched the fight [knows] it is not a shared decision. Usyk got a blowout victory, clearly won the fight,” Paul said.
“This judge, Glenn Feldman, gives it to Anthony Joshua. It’s like a repeat crime here. This type of shit, I’ll call it here in boxing because they’re *** bulls. Obviously this guy is paid by Matchroom Boxing.
Hearn, who oversees the careers of some of boxing’s biggest names, took issue with Paul publicly defaming his company with unsubstantiated match-fixing allegations.
“What he said regarding his corruption allegations with Glen Feldman is totally unacceptable,” Hearn told YouTube channel Matchroom Boxing on Thursday.
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“We all laugh with Jake and he’s an average fighter but I’m telling you now, what he said is unacceptable and he 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 silly comments without even thinking about what he said is extremely detrimental to me and very disrespectful to us as a company and as a family.”
While he didn’t explain how he would handle Paul’s accusations, it appears the son of Hall of Fame boxing promoter Barry Hearn is set to take legal action.
“Jake’s comments will be handled appropriately,” Hearn added.
“I am not prepared, as I would be many times, to take what he says with a grain of salt on this occasion because it is out of place and totally disrespectful to the sport of boxing and to me and we.
“I take it very personally because they question our credentials, they question our integrity and I won’t have it. So he’s going to have to bear the brunt of it.
“Maybe he doesn’t care, but I do.”
It has since been suggested they could sue the YouTuber-turned-boxer for £92million.
Matchroom attorney Frank Salzano told TMZ: “Both legally and ethically, there is a clear line between opinion and defamatory lies.
“Jake Paul knows this, and he deliberately crossed that line by falsely accusing Matchroom Boxing and Eddie Hearn of fixing fights.
“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 of the prejudicial nature of Mr. Paul’s comments.”