WBO middleweight champion of the world Billy Joe Saunders has been hit hard in his pocket today after a video leaked last week on social media.
The video contained footage of Saunders in a car appearing to mock a woman with addiction issues.
Allegedly offering her substances and then bribing her to assault a passer-by. The video was widely condemned afterwards in what was a huge backlash.
Saunders subsequently apologized on Twitter saying it had been an accident of:
“Banter gone wrong.”
The British Boxing Board of Control hit him with a one hundred thousand pound fine today for his actions and released the following statement:
“Billy Joe Saunders appeared before the Stewards of the British Boxing Board of Control today
under a misconduct charge following his recent behaviour shown on social media.
The Stewards have found Mr. Saunders guilty of bringing the sport of Boxing into disrepute
and have fined him the sum of £100,000 and issued a severe reprimand as to his future conduct.
All monies will go to the BBBofC charity to assist ex-boxers and ex- license holders who have
fallen on hard times.”
Saunders takes on Demetrius Andrade next month in Boston in a fight that will be shown live on DAZN in the US.