Eddie Hearn has stated that Jake Paul‘s allegations towards Matchroom ‘paying’ American judge Glenn Feldman following the recent Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua rematch in August “will be dealt with”, possibly hinting at a potential legal case being thrown in the direction of the “MVP” promoter.
In a sit-down with Matchroom Boxing‘s Youtube channel ahead of this weekend’s show in Nottingham headlined by Maxi Hughes and Kid Galahad, Hearn addressed the comments made by Paul and branded them as “totally unacceptable”.
“Jake Paul is good for boxing in many ways but Jake Paul can also be terrible for boxing because, the fact that he’s just found a boxing gym and decided to become a fighter, he doesn’t still have the respect for the industry and the history for the sport of boxing“, said Hearn. “What he said, in terms of his allegations of corruption with Glenn Feldman is totally unacceptable. We all have a laugh with Jake and say he’s an average fighter, but I’m telling you now what he said was unacceptable and it will be dealt with. We take this sport and our values as a business and a family very, very seriously and we love the sport of boxing“.
“The comments will be dealt with appropriately. I’m not prepared, as I would be on many occasions, just to take what he says with a pinch of salt on this occasion, because its bang out of order and as I said totally disrespectful to the sport of boxing and to me. I take it extremely personally, because they’re questioning our credentials, our integrity, and I won’t have it. So he’s gonna have to deal with the grunt of that“.
One of the biggest concerns to take away from this for fight fans is how potential negotiations for a highly-anticipated rematch between Katie Taylor, who is promoted by Hearn, and Amanda Serrano, who is under Paul’s MVP banner. The pair fought in an incredible ten-round slugfest at Madison Square Garden in New York five months ago, a fight which will surely prove a huge contender for 2022’s fight of the year with Taylor edging the Puerto Rican on the cards, and hopes remained that the two would run it back in 2023, possibly in Taylor’s home country of Ireland.
However, if the two promotional entities remain engulfed in a legal dispute, the likelihood of a second fight appears to be low with considerable strains potentially now being placed on the relationship between the two promoters.