Billy Joe Saunders has certainly never been accused of being the sharpest knife in the drawer. The 30-year-old world Super Middleweight champion, who was due to be facing Saul Alvarez in the biggest fight of his career in May before the coronavirus outbreak, this week shared an ill advised video of himself working out with a punchbag.
In the video, Saunders gives advice to "dads, husbands, if you've got girlfriends etc." on how to handle spending time in a confined space with a woman during the lockdown. The clip, which was circulated on WhatsApp, suggests a couple of punches to try if "your old woman is giving you mouth and you try to be patient, you try to be calm, cool, but after the sixth day you're just about to explode". He suggested what to do if "she's coming at you, spitting a bit of venom in your face", as well as suggesting you "hit her on the chin" and "finish her off".
While it is not appropriate to share the video in question, it is important to point out that Saunders was clearly doing this as a tongue-in-cheek comedy routine, but even so, most clearly don't see the glorification of domestic abuse as a worthy subject for comedy.
Needless to say his idiotic video received a lot of online backlash and Saunders has now apologised for any offence he may have caused.
I would never condone domestic violence and if I saw a man touch a woman I would smash him to pieces myself I have a Daughter and if a man laid a finger on her it would be end well . Apologies if I offended any women stay blessed x
— billyjoesaunders (@bjsaunders_) March 28, 2020
I would never condone domestic violence and if I saw a man touch a woman I would smash him to pieces myself.
I have a Daughter and if a man laid a finger on her it would be end well . Apologies if I offended any women stay blessed x
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