In breaking news, it has been revealed that Billy Joe Saunders has been suspended after posting a video educating men on ‘how to physically abuse their spouse‘ in this isolating COVID-19 crisis.
Following a review of the video, ‘the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) have suspended Saunders’ license to box. His suspension awaits a hearing under the BBBoC’s misconduct regulations and is to be held “at a time and venue to be confirmed as soon as possible” as stated by the Board.
Though I am sure you know, Billy Joe Saunders is a British professional boxer and world champion currently holding the WBO Super-Middleweight Title. Being the first in the Travelling community to hold the title of world champion in two weight classes…this act has had far more repercussions for himself than he could have imagined.
Promoter Eddie Hearn spoke with TalkSport in an interview and was “appalled,” referring to Saunders’ video as “idiotic”.
Eddie Hearn states, “I was appalled. It was so idiotic and it’s so frustrating. I know Billy well. He’s a really good kid with a really good heart, he does a lot for the community and charity but every now and again he does the most stupid thing.” With this message being broadcasted to the world by a public icon that amasses a following of fans, Hearn disapproves of Saunders’ video further stating that “it’s unacceptable for Joe Bloggs down the street to do it. It’s much more unacceptable for a world champion boxer to be doing it.”
With this act, Saunders’ fight with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and all other May fights have been canceled after following his actions.
Saunders gave an apology stating that it was “a silly mistake” and that he did not condone domestic abuse before explaining that he intends to donate £25,000 towards domestic violence charities. According to Expressandstar.com.
This isn’t the first time Saunders has been in hot water of his antics which he shares with the general public, time will tell what this means for his career inside the ring and outside of it.