Boxing champ walloped for woman-beating tip

Sports | REUTERS 31 Mar 2020

Boxing champion Billy Joe Saunders of Britain has apologized for a video in which he advises men how to hit female partners.

The 30-year-old super middleweight is seen throwing punches at a bag in his barn, saying this was how men can manage "if your old woman is giving you mouth" during the coronavirus lockdown.

He goes on: "As she comes in she's just about to say something, all of a sudden you explode. Bam!" Then he shows how to "hit her on the chin" and "finish her off."

But after outrage on Twitter, with some calling for Saunders to be banned from the sport, he apologized and said he does not condone men hitting women.

"If I saw a man touch a woman I would smash him to pieces," he said. "Apologies if I offended any women."

This was not his first brush with controversy. Saunders was fined 100,000 (HK$956,000) in 2018 by the British Boxing Board of Control for posting a video in which he offers a woman drugs to perform a sex act on another person.

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