WBO middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders will have a while convincing many loyal boxing fans over the years to support him again after a horrific video surfaced this week.
In this video it showed the skillful and talented boxer mock a woman who appeared to have addiction issues and then bribe her into attacking an innocent bystander.
We’ve always covered Billy’s unbelievable fighting ability over the years on here, an ability often not given the praise it deserves, but incidents like this yesterday are a step too far.
To be fair, Saunders has now apologized and at least admitted he was totally in the wrong:
Apologise to everybody who’s took offence totally in the wrong ‘ can’t do anything But be sorry ‘ banter when wrong ‘ Apologies once again
— billyjoesaunders (@bjsaunders_) September 18, 2018
The fan backlash against him since yesterday has been something of an unprecedented level against a boxer:
Would you still be saying it’s banter if that was your daughter?
Would you still be saying it’s banter if a stranger walked up to your dad slapped him and called him a paedo all because some idiot wants to exploit someone who is clearly vulnerable?
Sit down dickhead.
— Vicki Yardley (@VickiYardley91) September 18, 2018
Bullsh*t forced apology! Would u have played this joke on @Tyson_Fury during his dark days? @frankwarren_tv highlighting mental health issues in every fury interview. So coz this woman isn’t a celebrity, it’s acceptable to taunt her!!! @BTSportBoxing #saunders
— Del (@Patch_Molly) September 18, 2018
Like I keep saying bill, you can buy a rolls, a range rover, a Lamborghini but you can’t buy class! Amazing boxer but a total tit!
— Jamie southworth (@jamess796) September 18, 2018
You need help mate
— Alex Williams (@ALWilliams1905) September 18, 2018
All that money and the only entertainment you can think of is driving round the street humiliating the desperate. That could be your family one day side of the road. Banter is one thing, but that is just cruel.
— Mark (@prettyboydeakin) September 18, 2018
Saunders is set to face Demetrius Andrade next month in Boston in defense of his WBO middleweight title.