(Reuters) — WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders had his license suspended by Britain’s boxing authorities on Monday after a social media post in which he advised men how to hit their female partners during the coronavirus lockdown.
The British Boxing Board of Control, or BBBofC, said in a statement that Saunders’ license would be suspended until a hearing could be arranged under its misconduct regulations.
Saunders had filmed himself punching a bag in a barn and advising “dads, husbands and men with girlfriends” how to deal with their female partners during the coronavirus lockdown.
“If your old woman is giving you a little bit of mouth and you try to be patient … but about the sixth day you’re just about to explode,” he said in the video, before demonstrating how to “hit her on the chin.”
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Saunders apologized for the video on social media over the weekend and again on British radio station TalkSPORT on Monday, when he also pledged to donate 25,000 pounds ($31,000) to domestic abuse charities.
“I just want to say sorry again for everyone I’ve offended,” he said on TalkSPORT.
“I looked at it as a bit of a joke at first – I obviously wasn’t thinking right – but looking back at it now I can clearly see the destruction it has caused among the women suffering from domestic violence.
“It was a silly mistake but I didn’t intentionally mean to cause harm to anyone and I certainly wouldn’t promote domestic violence.”
Before Billy Joe Saunders got suspended
Saunders was scheduled to face Mexican Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a super middleweight unification bout on May 2 in Las Vegas before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
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The Briton, who is unbeaten in 29 bouts and held a world title in the middleweight division before moving up to super-middleweight, was fined 100,000 pounds by the BBBofC in September 2018 for a previous social media post.
In that instance, Saunders posted a video on social media in which he offered a woman drugs to perform a sex act on another person.
The BBBofC said in a separate statement on Monday that it had further extended its suspension of the boxing tournaments under its jurisdiction for the month of May.
(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; editing by Ken Ferris)