Jake Paul says Katie Taylor’s team told him Amanda Serrano fight should be a draw


Jake Paul feels his fighter did enough to win — or at least avoid a loss — in the biggest fight in the history of women’s boxing.

Amanda Serrano dropped a hotly contested split decision (94-96, 97-93, 96-93) to Katie Taylor at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday following 10 rounds of incredible back-and-forth action. Paul, her manager, said immediately that he did not agree with the judges. He later posted “Robbed” on Twitter.

Paul was asked to elaborate on that sentiment at the evening’s post-fight press conference, and according to him, even members of Taylor’s team believed that the fight should have been scored a draw.

” I don’t want to even talk about my opinions,” Paul stated. It was a draw, at the least. But what I’ll say publicly is Eddie [Hearn] and I were sitting there at the end of the fight like, ‘That’s probably a draw.’ Then I’m in the ring before the decision gets announced and Katie’s manager/trainer that was in the corner goes up to me and goes, ‘That’s a draw. That’s a draw.’ So even Katie’s team was like, that’s a draw. The judges scored the score accordingly.

“I come back to the locker room, I’m chilling in the back locker room, the girl who sang the Irish national anthem comes up to me, is like, ‘Hey, can I have a picture? Amanda won that fight by the way, we all know it.’ And she sang the national anthem for Ireland, so screw my opinion, those are three stories right there that everyone says it’s a draw or that Amanda won the fight.”

Serrano came the closest to finishing the fight, landing huge punches on Taylor in Round 5 and prompting judge Guido Cavalleri to award her a 10-8 score for that round (Cavalleri would go on to score the fight for Taylor 96-93). However, the majority of the rounds were close and the activity and movement of Taylor proved to be the deciding factor in the end.

When Serrano was asked about her views on the scores she responded with a diplomatic reply.

” You know what? I don’t really know,” Serrano stated. I’m there. Of course, every fighter will say they thought they won. But I have to sit and watch the fight again. Perhaps not. I do not like watching my fights. It’s hard to say. It was a great fight, that’s all I wanted to do. To show women that they can fight and we can still sell .”

, I wanted to stage a fantastic fight.

She also posted the following celebratory message on social media:

Paul said later that he had spoken to Eddie Hearn, the opposing promoter of women’s boxing and discussed a rematch using three-minute rounds instead of two for men.

He added that if Taylor’s team is interested, he is open to having the rematch happen in Taylor’s native Ireland.