Billy Joe Saunders blasts

Billy Joe Saunders Blasts ESPN’s Dan Rafael in Twitter Tirade

Published On August 12, 2016 | By Niall Doran | Boxing News, Boxing Views and Opinion

WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders lets loose on ESPN’s lead boxing reporter Dan Rafael after the journalist says the Englishman ran from fighters.

Journalists and fighters having a difference of opinion is not uncommon in a sport as internationally diverse as boxing, where fighters from different countries are often involved in negotiations for cross-Atlantic bouts that frequently fall through.

ESPN’s highly respected boxing journalist Dan Rafael took to twitter this week to break the story that Saunders is now off the upcoming Canelo vs Smith show in Texas, which prompted Saunders to get in touch with the American boxing writer:

To which Rafael replied:

What then ensued from Saunders was, well, this:

There’s always been a healthy rivalry between US and UK boxing, but the above takes things to a new level at least in terms of UK fighters calling out US journalists and vice versa.

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Niall Doran
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