By Mark Elezaj
Billy Joe Saunders, the WBO super middleweight champion, had his license suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control this past Monday after he filmed and posted a video showing others how to hit their wife or significant other while being quarantined due to the coronavirus onto his social media sites.
In the video, Saunders is seen standing next to a heavy bag, throwing punches while talking with his audience.
“Your old woman is giving you a little bit of mouth, and you try to be patient, you try to be calm, cool. But on the seventh day, or sixth day should I say, you’re just about to explode. All of a sudden, she’s coming at you, spitting a bit of venom in your face, ready to say you … left the dishes out. I don’t know what you’ve done, but you’ve upset her.
“So as she comes in, she’s coming at you and you’ve lost it. Just keep it safe with the hands. So as she comes in, she’s just about to say, all of a sudden you explode. Bam! On the chin. Yeah, so you hit her on the chin.
“At this time, she may flash and see what you’re thinking. ‘Wash it up, has he done it, I can’t believe this. Whoa, what’s happened?’ She don’t know what’s happened. She’s in a state of horror at the minute. She don’t know what’s going on. That flash is coming. And all of a sudden, you just get down on that knee and spring up, so you finish her off. Bam! That should do the trick” he said.
The British Boxing Board of Control was not happy with the video, suspending Saunders indefinitely.
“The British Boxing Board of Control having considered comments made by Billy Joe Saunders on social media have suspended his boxer’s licence pending a hearing under the Board’s misconduct regulation, at a time and venue to be confirmed as soon as possible.”
Saunders later apologized for the video, saying that he “would never condone domestic violence”, and that the video was a “very, very, very bad out of taste joke.”
This is not the first time Saunders got himself into trouble for posting something controversial to his social media page. In 2018, he posted a video in which he was shown offering a homeless woman crack cocaine as a reward for hit a passerby on the street. The BBBofC went on to fine him £100,000.
Saunders promoter Eddie Hearn was disgusted by the video when he saw it.
“I haven’t spoke to him. I spoke to his management team. I was appalled, really,” Hearn told Talksport radio.
“It was so idiotic. It was so frustrating because I know Billy well. He’s a really good kid, with a really good heart. He does a lot for the community, he does a lot for charity, but every now and again he does the most stupid things. The world has changed and realized about all kinds of different things, about how you need to treat people. He spent the weekend down at the National Health Service delivering food packages, and meeting people. It’s one step forward, four steps back with Billy Joe Saunders, and it is frustrating.
“He’s got this mentality where it’s ‘me against the world.’ Sometimes you can have a conversation with him and say ‘Bill, what are you doing?
“I can only tell you he does have a good heart. He didn’t mean anything in the video, but you just can’t do it, especially when you’re in your position. 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. Thinking you’re having a laugh, or not having a laugh, young people are watching that video. People who are in abusive relationships are watching that video. You cannot do it. It’s unacceptable.”
The suspension could threaten the super middleweight world title unification fight with Canelo Alvarez, which according to sources has already been signed but has not been formally announced just yet.
The fight was going to take place on May 2nd at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the announcement was postponed.
~ The Fighting Voice ~