Sheffield boxer charged over mobile phone footage
https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/sheffield-trained-champion-boxer-taunts-drug-user-in-disgusting-video-1-9354235A Sheffield-trained World Champion boxer has been charged with misconduct over mobile phone footage showing him taunting a desperate drug user.
WBO middleweight world champion Billy Joe Saunders, who has held the title for three years, has been charged with misconduct by the British Boxing Board of Control over a video described by the policeÂ as '˜sickening'.
It showsÂ the 30-year-old offering a drug user Â£150 of crack cocaine in return for her performing a sex act onÂ his friend or punching a stranger.
The BBBC has ordered Saunders to appearÂ before the Stewards of Board on a misconduct charge next week.
A police probe is alsoÂ under way, with officers looking at a range of possible offences includingÂ offering to supply Class A drugs, assault, aiding and abetting an assaultÂ and public order offences.
Saunders, who trains at the Ingle Gym in Wincobank, has suffered a backlash over the mobile phone footage, which hasÂ gone viral on social media.
It shows the boxing champion taunting a 37-year-old drug user after he pulled up alongside her in Nottingham inÂ his Â£250,000 Rolls Royce.
While sat behind the wheel of his luxury car, heÂ led the drug user to believe he was carrying drugs and laughed as he asked her what she wouldÂ do in return for a fix.
Saunders, who defends his world title in a fight in Boston next month, wasÂ captured asking the woman how much she wantedÂ the drug and if she wouldÂ perform a sex act on his friend, who was sat next to him in the car.
Shortly before he drove off while laughing, without any drugs having been exchanged or sex acts performed, Saunders wasÂ filmed encouragingÂ theÂ woman to '˜punch' an innocentÂ member of the publicÂ in return for drugs.
Another friend filmedÂ the entire exchange from the back of the car.
Robert Smith, General Secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control, said the footage was '˜disgusting'.
Saunders, posting on Twitter, apologises and said his actions were '˜banter' which '˜went wrong'.