Billy Joe Saunders took his time, but he finally apologised for his comments about women in boxing.
Saunders became embroiled in a storm of controversy on Thursday after his sexist comments saying that "women are there for cleaning, cooking, washing and sex.
It was particularly unfortunate to say that on the day it was revealed that there are ongoing discussions to add Ireland's beloved Katie Taylor to the undercard of his world title fight with Lee.
Saunders attempted to sweep the incident under the rug by claiming it was a joke:
About all this Twitter stuff I keep getting – all this bad stuff saying what I’ve said about women – it’s only a joke.
Listen, Katie Taylor is a very, very good fighter. She’s done what she’s done. Nicola Adams and all that. I’ve got the highest respect for them. I’m not saying women shouldn’t box – it’s their choice. They’ve won gold medals when I’ve got beat in the second round of the Olympics – they’re Olympic champions. I just want to clear that up. I reckon they’re very good to the sport.
We’ve got to get men off the street and young boys off the street the same way we have to get young girls off the street. They’re showing that side of it.
He ended his apology in an unfortunate manner
I don’t want to be painted as a man who thinks women are there for cooking and sex – even though they’re still good at it.
Do you believe him?
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