Eddie Hearn may just be about to school Jake Paul on the lessons of accountability for your statements made in public. The Matchroom Boxing CEO is currently suing Jake Paul for upwards of $100 Million in damages due to a defamatory statement made by the former YouTuber.
The news, first reported by TMZ was confirmed by Hearn’s attorney, Frank Salzano. “Both legally and ethically there is a clear line separating opinion from defamatory lies, Paul knows that, and he purposely crossed that line when he wrongly accused Matchroom Boxing and Eddie Hearn of fixing fights, ” said the attorney representing Matchroom.
Salzano also revealed that Matchroom provided Paul the opportunity to retract these statements and when he refused to do so, the company decided to move ahead with the lawsuit.
“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, ” said Salzano about the lawsuit Paul faces.
Why is Eddie Hearn suing Jake Paul?
Jake Paul made his fortune starting behind a camera and through YouTube, he eventually shifted his career to boxing and now is considered a PPV attraction despite his career being rather nascent in professional terms. Prior to this, he worked with Hearn in promoting the huge women’s fight between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano.
Judge Glenn Feldman, who was also a judge for the fight had the widest scorecard heavily favoring Taylor in what was a very close fight. It was Jake’s comments about him that have now gotten him into hot waters.
After the recent rematch between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk, Paul criticized Feldman, who scored the fight in favour of Joshua, the only judge to do so. This led Paul to make a claim that he was bought and paid off by Matchroom itself. “Everyone watched the fight, it’s not a split decision. Usyk had a runaway victory, clearly won the fight. This judge, Glenn Feldman, gives it to Anthony Joshua? It’s like a repeated crime here, “ said Paul.
Paul concluded by saying, “Clearly, this guy is getting paid money by Matchroom Boxing. That’s a bold statement and an accusation that I don’t take lightly, but it’s just blatantly obvious.” These comments now may just come back to bite him very hard in the near future.