Questionable Comments to Viral Videos: Here’s a List of the Controversies Surrounding Billy Joe Saunders

Published 05/08/2021, 7:20 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 09: Billy Joe Saunders (red/white/blue shorts) waits in a neutral corner after he knocked down Marceleo Coceres (not pictured) during their WBO World Super-Middleweight Championship fight at Staples Center on November 9, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Saunders won after the fight was stopped in the 11th round. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)


Billy Joe Saunders is on the verge of etching his name into boxing history as he prepares to dethrone Canelo Alvarez. A victory over Alvarez would be the icing on the cake for his successful career. 

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As the two-weight world champion prepares for his toughest test yet, he has caused a stir in the build-up to the fight with the ring size debate. Thus, we look at the different controversies that Saunders found himself in throughout his career.

Boxer Billy Joe Saunders during a press conference at Crown Plaza Hotel, Glasgow. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)

The 30-0 boxer found himself in trouble for the first time in 2015 when he said, “I think women are there for s*x, every night – hard s*x. A woman’s there for cleaning, cooking, washing and s*x.”

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Furthermore, in 2017, before his bout against David Lemieux, he posted a video of himself asking a drug addict for sexual favors for his friend. Shockingly, this was not the only time Saunders did something like this.

Other controversies involving Billy Joe Saunders

The former WBO middleweight champion has found himself in recent controversies as well. This included him losing his belt thanks to a failed drug test, and a joke that went horribly wrong.

In 2018, Saunders was all set to face Demetrius Andrade and defend his WBO title. However, the champion, who tested positive for a banned substance, lost his belt and faced a ban.

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Saunders’ most recent controversy came during the COVID-19 shutdown when he posted a video on his social media. ‘Superb’ gave viewers tips on how to beat their wives. Subsequently, he received a lot of backlash and even faced disciplinary action.

Therefore, the Englishman has never kept himself out of trouble throughout his career. While he has worked hard for his success in the ring, his poor judgment has let him down frequently. Only time will tell if these incidents will affect his legacy.

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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