What Is The Status Of Saunders’ Boxing License?
It appears it is up to Billy Joe Saunders as to whether he wants to compete as soon as possible or not.
A few weeks ago, Saunders (29-0) had his boxing license suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control following a controversial post he made on social media. During the early stages of quarantine, Saunders was seen punching a bag while giving men instructions on how to handle their wives or girlfriends who are bothering them. It appears the organization’s punishment for Saunders is over, but they have not heard back from the WBO Super-Middleweight Champion.
“We are still waiting for Billy Joe and his people to return the documents we sent them which they need to respond to before we can hold a hearing,” British Board General-Secretary Robert Smith told Daily Mail.
“We made it clear from the start that we wanted to deal with this case as quickly as possible, for the good of boxing and everyone concerned. But we can’t proceed until they get back to us.”
This is not the first time Saunders has been involved in a controversy surrounding women. In 2018, Saunders was fined following an interaction with what appeared to be a female drug addict. He offered her money for a sex act or for her to hit a random person. He drove off after she did the latter. Back in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics Saunders was sent home following obscene behavior at a woman in a French hotel.
Saunders later apologized following the sentence by the British Boxing Board of Control. He pledged to donate £25,000 to domestic violence charities. In a release, Saunders stated:
“I would like to address the situation at hand,” Saunders said. “Let me firstly start by apologizing. There is no excuse for my actions. It was a very, very, very bad out of taste joke, I am a God fearing man and I do not condone domestic violence under any circumstances.
“It did not cross my mind about the actual reality of domestic violence and its suffers and the second I realized it could cause any upset I quickly took the video down but unfortunately the way social media works, it spread like wildfire,” Saunders continued. “I can’t change that, I have and do wholeheartedly apologise.”
Saunders won the WBO Super-Middleweight Championship against Shefat Isufi in May 2019. He last fought in November, beating Marcelo Esteban Coceres via TKO. There were rumors of him fighting Canelo Alvarez in May before the coronavirus pandemic and the sentencing.
Smith went on to say that the suspension will not be going away unless Saunders handles it himself.