30 March 2020

Billy Joe Saunders suspended from boxing for posting video advising men how to hit women

Two-weight world champion Billy Joe Saunders has been suspended from all boxing after posting a video on social media showing men how to hit women.

The video, in which the 30-year-old advised men on the best way to 'hit her on the chin' and 'finish her off', has now been deleted while Saunders has also pledged to donate £25,000 to domestic violence charities.

Saunders became a two-weight world champion in May 2019 when he beat Shefat Isufi (PA Images)

However, the British Boxing Board of Control have acted swiftly in banning him, a decision which will be re-visited at a future date.

In a statement, the BBBoC said: "The British Boxing Board of Control have considered comments made by Billy Joe Saunders on social media.

"We have suspended his boxer's licence, pending a hearing under the Board's misconduct, at a time and venue to be confirmed as soon as possible."

Saunders had agreed a deal in principle to fight Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in Las Vegas on May 2 in what would have been the Brit's biggest fight of his career.

But due to the coronavirus the fight will not take place on that date and the WBO super-middleweight champion's suspension now puts any chance of the bout happening in jeopardy.

Saunders' promoter Eddie Hearn also slammed the video earlier on talkSPORT before the ban had been announced.

He said: "I was appalled really. It was so idiotic, it was so frustrating because I know Billy well. It's one step forward, four steps back with Billy Joe Saunders and it is frustrating.

"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."

Saunders is unbeaten as a professional in 29 fights and has won world titles at both 160 and 168 pounds.

All boxing in the UK has been suspended until at least April 30 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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