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Hearn says 100m Paul lawsuit won’t arrest Taylor-Serrano II plans

Eddie Hearn says his €100million lawsuit against Jake Paul will not get in the way of making a rematch between Katie Taylor [22(6)-0] and Amanda Serrano [43 (30)-2-1].

The Matchroom boss is suing the social media star turned boxer turned promoter over comments that alleged Hearn paid a judge for two favourable scorecards in two specific fights this year, including Taylor-Serrano in April.

The lawsuit claims that Paul “made outrageously false and baseless allegations” when he suggested Hearn had paid off judge Glenn Feldman.

Considering Paul, acts as a frontman for MVP and manages Serrano, there were suggestions the legal action may prove a stumbling block when it came to making a rematch.

However, the English fight maker argues otherwise.

When asked about the lawsuit, Hearn joked: “If I win 100 million, tickets are free.

“I honestly don’t [think the lawsuit will impact negotiations]. We will sort that out. You can’t let people take liberties. We can’t, as businessmen, just have a fight. We actually could with Jake Paul but I’d probably get knocked out so that is no good.

“You have to protect yourself like you would in a fight. We have built a very impressive business that means a lot to our family. We are not going to have people come in and accuse us of bribery with judges because he wants to get some views on his YouTube.

“That is how we defend ourselves. Like I said, we can’t have a fight in the ring. So, we take that very seriously and that will be dealt with but that is totally separate to the Serrano fight.

“Serrano knows that over a period of time it is nice to talk about becoming undisputed at 126 but Katie and Serrano have many fights to come but at the same time they are in the backend of their career. This is where you have to make it count.”

February 2, 2022; New York, NY; Behind the scenes of Eddie Hearn of Matchroom, Undisputed World Lightweight champion Katie Taylor and challenger Amanda Serrano with Jake Paul of MVP during Good Day New York Sports Extra with Tina Cervasio announcing their fight April 30, 2022 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Credit: Michelle Farsi for Matchroom/MSG Photos

Hearn, has admitted he feels Serrano brings Croke Park sell-out insurance and would prefer her as Taylor’s Homecoming opponent.

However, after the Irish Icon defeated Karen Elizabeth Carabajal in London last weekend, he promised Taylor will fight in Ireland next Serrano or not.

Paul says the American-based Peurto Rican wants the repeat and will fight Taylor again if the ‘deal is right’.

“It’s always been there. Amanda just had to retain her belts in the 126lbs division and she did that. She still wants to go get the last belt, I think, to become undisputed,” Paul said.

“But the rematch is there. The money just needs to be right. Eddie [Hearn] knows that. That was the biggest women’s fight of all time, not even close. It made DAZN and everybody so much money. So if the deal is right, we’ll go for it.

“I watched the fight back, and again, Amanda Serrano won the fight. So why not go and get that one back?”


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