World champion Billy Joe Saunders has had his boxing licence suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control after he released a video advising men how to hit their female partners.
The action caused outrage amongst viewers where Saunders used a Punch bag to explain how to react to women who were ‘giving you mouth’ following the lockdown from the Coronavirus outbreak.
Saunders would later reflect on his comments before issuing an apology saying he would “never condone domestic violence”.
The BBBofC said: “We have suspended his boxer’s licence pending a hearing under the board’s misconduct regulation, at a time and venue to be confirmed as soon as possible.”
WBO super-middleweight champion Saunders said he would donate £25,000 to domestic violence charities.
Speaking to Talksport he said it was a “silly mistake” and he “obviously wasn’t thinking”.
Saunders added: “I didn’t mean for anyone to get upset about it. There are people dying all around the world with coronavirus and I was just trying to take the heat off that a little bit.
“It clearly hasn’t done, my sense of humour is not everyone’s cup of tea.”
Saunders said he has received death threats and has deleted his Twitter account.
Hearn, also speaking to Talksport, added: “I was appalled really. It was so idiotic, it was so frustrating because I know Billy well. It’s one step forward, four steps back with Billy Joe Saunders.
“It’s unacceptable for Joe Bloggs down the street to do it. It’s much more unacceptable for a world champion boxer to be doing it.
“Young people are watching that video. People who are in abusive relationships are watching that video. You cannot do it, it’s unacceptable.”