Few people in combat sports are happy with the quality of judgment provided by commissions around the world, but few have allowed their dislike of a specific judge to generate a hundred million dollar lawsuit. Once again, Jake Paul takes things to the next level by doing just that.
This whole story revolves around boxing judge Glenn Feldman, whose recent scores in favor of fighters on Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing list brought Paul to tears.
“I still think Amanda Serrano won the fight. [against Katie Taylor]said Paul in a recent interview with IFL TV (which has since been removed from YouTube). “And then you see this judge Glenn Feldman, who had the biggest gap between Taylor and Serrano. Everyone pretty much had a draw, a draw, or Amanda winning. But there’s this judge, Glenn Feldman, who scored such a big gap for Taylor, gave laps that Amanda clearly won, to Taylor.
“Then this judge, Glenn Feldman, shows up in Saudi Arabia and scores Anthony Joshua to win [over Oleksandr Usyk]. Anyone who watched the fight, it’s not a split decision. Usyk took a blowout victory, clearly won the fight. This judge, Glenn Feldman, gives it to Anthony Joshua. It’s like a repeat crime here. This type of s—, I’m going to call it here in boxing because they’re bulls—. Obviously this guy is paid by Matchroom Boxing.
So if you’re wondering what words sparked this nine-figure lawsuit between Matchroom Boxing and Jake Paul, here you go. Paul kept digging, however.
“It’s a bold statement and an accusation that I don’t take lightly, but it’s just plain blatant,” Paul continued. “They don’t even try to hide it. You would think they have a different judge who skewed Taylor-Serrano’s score. You would think they would bring a different judge to Saudi Arabia, especially since he is from the United States. Why is it suddenly appearing in Saudi Arabia? »
“You would think they would have a different judge trying to hide the corruption they bring to the sport, but it’s so obvious.”
In response to these strong and unambiguous comments, Eddie Hearn filed a libel suit in New York.
“Both legally and ethically, there is a clear line separating opinion from defamatory lies,” Hearn’s attorney Frank Salzano said in a statement to TMZ Sports. “Jake Paul knows this, and he deliberately crossed that line when he falsely accused 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 the the prejudicial nature of Mr. Paul’s comments.
Hopefully this lawsuit won’t stop Serrano and Taylor from fighting again in the future. Jake Paul and Eddie Hearn teamed up in April 2022 to promote Katie Taylor against Amanda Serrano, a thrilling fight that ended up becoming the biggest women’s boxing bout in sports history.
Hearn’s fighter Taylor would take the win in somewhat controversial fashion on the scorecards, with a judge awarding the win to Serrano 96-94. The other two awarded the fight to Taylor 96-93 and 97-93. Glenn Feldman, the judge in question, handed the score 97-93.
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