WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has been £100,000 for his recent activity on social media that involved him asking a woman for sexual favors for his friend.
Saunders had been under investigation by the British Boxing Board of Control and the organization fined him for what they believe to be behavior that brings "the sport of boxing into disrepute." Below is the statement released by the BBBofC:
“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.”
The video, which can be seen below, has Saunders offering "£150 worth of crack" to an unidentified woman in exchange for sexual favors for his friend and then later on, tried to get the woman to punch a stranger whom Saunders accused of being a pedophile. Saunders has since then apologized for the video, calling it banter that did not go over well.
Saunders is currently scheduled to defend his WBO middleweight title against former junior middleweight world champion Demetrius Andrade on October 20 at the TD Garden in Boston. That fight will be the main event of a Matchroom Boxing USA show that will be streamed exclusively on DAZN USA.