The British Boxing Board of Control are aware of a video featuring WBO Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders and have called Mr. Saunders to appear before the Stewards of Board on a misconduct charge next week.
The WBO world middleweight champion has since apologised for offering a drug addict “£150 of crack” in exchange for performing a sex act and assaulting a stranger, describing the incident as “banter”.
Video footage that emerged earlier this week shows Saunders, 29, sat inside a Rolls Royce encouraging a woman to perform a sex act on his friend and attack an innocent bystander for being “a paedophile”.
The woman, who is believed to be a 37-year-old drug addict from the Nottinghamshire area, hits the passer-by on instruction from Saunders who then drives away laughing.
Police announced that they were also investigating the “sickening” clip, “Officers will be looking to identify and speak to all of those who feature in this sickening video,” a spokesperson told the Daily Mail.
It follows an incident last month when Saunders allegedly threw a cooked chicken at WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder as he dined in Nandos in Belfast ahead of Tyson Fury's last fight.
In November 2017, Saunders was described as a “vile bully” for taking a photograph of a gender neutral shop assistant, which he posted to his social media feed with the caption: “Walking through Meadowhall Sheffield and see this. Confused.”
While his amateur career was briefly halted when he was suspended by the Amateur Boxing Association during the 2008 Olympics for alleged lewd behaviour towards a woman.
Saunders will next fight on 20 October in Massachusetts, Boston, when he defends his WBO title against Demetrius Andrade.