BOXING legend Lennox Lewis says he is not surprised Jake Paul’s stunning KO of Ben Askren was illegally streamed.
Promoters of the fight, Triller, have launched a massive lawsuit claiming £72million in damages.Lennox Lewis is not surprised the Jake Paul vs Ben Askren fight was widely streamed illegally[/caption]
Saturday night’s pay-per-view fight was legally bought by 1.5m fans.
That placed in into the top ten for the all-time list of PPV boxing bouts.
And Paul claimed he raked in a staggering £54m from those buys alone.
But as reported by Yahoo, the social media company have filed a legal challenge in California against 11 streamers who allegedly broadcast the card to a reported 2m people.
Lewis, who is in talks to fight Mike Tyson in an exhibition in September, tweeted his thoughts on the matter.
The 55-year-old Londoner wrote: What did they expect?. The majority of the marketing was on social media targeting teenagers.
“Do teenagers really have $50 for PPV?”
A Triller statement said: “It’s shocking to think a theft so grand can be done so blatantly and brazenly and steal with no remorse.Promotions team Triller are suing 11 streamers of the Paul vs Askren fight[/caption]
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“There is zero difference between what they did and walking into a market stealing tons of a product and selling it at a discount in the parking lot.
“It’s neither civilly nor criminally any different and we are prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law.
“There were far over 2m illegal streams, akin to hundreds of millions of dollars.
“Sites, mostly using Google’s YouTube, are causing significant damage not just to Fight Club but content creators overall.
The YouTuber made light work of the ex-wrestler with an early knockout.
Paul landed a simple one-two over the top and left the retired UFC fighter unable to continue in the eyes of the referee.