Billy Joe Saunders has had his boxing license suspended after a video of him giving ‘advice’ to men in how best to hit their partner in quarantine was leaked.
The British Boxing Board of Control will have a hearing to discuss Saunders’ punishment. In the video, Saunders is seen offering tips to men on how to physically deal with an angry partner under quarantine.
“I just wanted to make a little video for all you dads, husbands, if you’ve got girlfriends, et cetera,” Saunders says in the video.
“Obviously this COVID-19 is getting very serious and we are isolated away in tight spaces. If your old woman is giving you a little bit of mouth and you try to be patient, you try to be calm, cool, but after the seventh day or sixth day 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 something, you may have left the dishes out, I don’t know what you’ve done but you’ve upset her.
: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 something, all of a sudden you explode and hit her on the chin.
“At this time she may flash and see white and think: “What’s happened?’, she’s in a state of horror, she doesn’t know what’s going on and all of a sudden you dip down on that knee and you finish her off. That should do the trick.”
Saunders’ promoter, Eddie Hearn, reacted to the footage on TalkSport, where he admitted his frustration with the super-middleweight.
“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,” Hearn said. “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. Young people are watching that video. People who are in abusive relationships are watching that video. You cannot do it, it’s unacceptable.
“And to do it at this time when the world is on his head, it’s so frustrating. It’s just an idiotic move.”
Saunders has since apologised for the video on his social media.
My Sincere Apologies. pic.twitter.com/5AtmiF2tJh
— billyjoesaunders (@bjsaunders_) March 30, 2020