Eddie Hearn believes he would beat Jake Paul in a boxing match. The pair’s relationship has massively declined since they teamed up to promote Amanda Serrano and Katie Taylor’s blockbuster showdown last year.
Hearn recently sought legal action against Paul after the YouTube star accused him of paying off one of the judges during the undisputed fight and the pair have been going back and forth in the press ever since.
During a recent appearance on the DAZN Boxing Show Hearn was asked which of Paul, Serrano and Taylor he would want to manage, fight and party with. To which, he replied: “I’d definitely fight Jake Paul because I’d actually win that fight.”
Hearn’s comments sparked a frenzy on social media with fans calling for the pair to fight. Paul has a history of fighting people after trading barbs on social media and could be open to the opportunity if there were ever any real chances of it happening. “Easier than the Ben Askren fight,” wrote @Kentrell4ktre. “No he wouldn’t,” added @boxing_insider. “He don’t even believe that himself,” tweeted @sam2antisocial.
Meanwhile, one fan (@JoseTuna3) pointed out that the remark was likely a joke. “People in these comments have clearly never heard an Eddie Hearn interview, he is 100% joking here,” they wrote.
“I’d manage Katie Taylor, because we’ve done such a great job. She is amazing, and it’s a Puerto Rican party with Amanda Serrano.” Hearn was then asked the same question of Oscar de la Hoya, Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia.
“The problem is if I choose to fight Oscar de la Hoya, I don’t get to party with Oscar de la Hoya, and that would be some wild stuff, partying with Oscar de la Hoya, so I’m going to have to party with Oscar de la Hoya,” Hearn added. “I might not wake up the next morning!” He continued: “I’d manage Tank and fight Ryan Garcia and get ironed out in the first round.”
Garcia and Davis square off on April 22 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight is scheduled to take place at a 136lb catchweight with a 10lb rehydration clause on the day of the fight.
Garcia, the much bigger man, recently made the switch to super-lightweight (140lb) after struggling to make the lightweight limit (135lb) in his most recent outings. Meanwhile, Davis is a natural super featherweight (126lb) but has campaigned at lightweight and super-lightweight as well.
Despite the hefty cut, Garcia isn’t concerned about making the weight or the rehydration clause. “I don’t think it’s gonna be a problem,” said Garcia “because I don’t like to gain that much weight anyways after the weigh-ins. I pretty much walk around in the ring at 148, so 146 won’t be too much different.”
Davis recently turned up two hours late for the pair’s launch press conference in New York but was there on time for their second press event the next day in Los Angeles.