Jake Paul’s accusations about a possible fight fix could lead to a lawsuit from Matchroom CEO Eddie Hahn.
The threat of legal action came as a result of comments Paul made after submitting cryptic scorecards about boxing judge Glenn Feldman in a recent match involving athletes promoted by Matchroom. In particular, Paul’s anger at Feldman began after Katie Taylor defeated Amanda Serrano in April, winning by a wider margin than any judge who oversaw the match.
“I still think Amanda Serrano won. [over Katie Taylor]’” Paul told IFL TV. “Then you see how this judge Glenn Feldman, who had the biggest gap between Taylor and Serrano, came to be. There was this judge, Glenn Feldman, who gave Taylor a round that Amanda clearly won by a big margin.
“Then this judge, Glenn Feldman, showed up in Saudi Arabia and scored Anthony Joshua for the win. [over Oleksandr Usyk]Everyone who watched the match [knows] It’s not a split decision. Usyk stormed off and clearly won the battle. Will this judge, Glenn Feldman, give it to Anthony Joshua? This type of *** is bulls ***, so I’m going to call it boxing here. Clearly, this guy gets money from his boxing matchroom. ”
In response, Hahn hit back at Paul, saying legal action could be taken against the YouTube celebrity-turned-boxer for defaming the promotion’s name.
Hearn told Boxing Social: “You really have two options. You can chin him or you can sue him. I’m not around him, I’m not going to chin him anyway. I hate it But that seems so silly and actually disrespectful to a sport he knows nothing about.
“First, he said, ‘Why does Eddie Hahn keep using these judges?’ We elect different committees.By the way, Glenn Feldman is one of the best judges.He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.To make those claims, it really pisses me off. , actually upset me. It actually led me to go further.”
According to Hahn, the only way to avoid potential lawsuits is a public charge from Paul following the egregious accusations he made.
“I want a formal apology from him. If he doesn’t, let’s see what we have to do,” Hahn said. “But I’m not defaming our name in this business and the integrity of what we do. It is very important to our love of sports.
“Listen, he’s good at sports, we laugh, he’s average, he doesn’t like me, Taylor Serrano, etc. That’s another level. So deal with it.”
Despite Paul’s allegations, Hahn said it would not doom a potential rematch between Taylor and Serrano. Because Hahn understands the magnitude of her second fight between her two of the world’s best female boxers.
The first fight ended in a 10-round barnburner, and Hahn says he wouldn’t be doing his job if Paul’s accusations somehow left such a massive rematch to torpedo.
“yes [I would continue to work with him] Because that’s my job,” Hahn said. “It’s not about me or Matchroom. There’s a huge payday to go public, and we should all work hard to make it happen.
I’m not going to suddenly say, ‘I can’t fight Amanda Serrano because Katie Taylor, Jake Paul said stupid things,’ but ultimately we had to defend ourselves and what we did believe that you must stand up for “