No Ballad of Billy Joe

By Robert Ecksel on January 23, 2019
No Ballad of Billy Joe
There was another outcry. Billy Joe apologized again. (Peter Cziborra/Action Images)

He was found guilty of misconduct by the BBBoC for suggesting a woman perform fellatio in exchange for drugs…

Former WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (27-0, 13 KOs), the undefeated southpaw from Hatfield, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, has had his six-month sentence for having failed a drug test in September suspended after three months.

Saunders called the drug “a common decongestant nasal spray” and it’s hard to disagree.

Welcoming him back to the fray with open arms, the WBO announced a purse bid for a fight against the man who replaced him on the throne, current WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade (27-0, 17 KOs), the heavy-handed lefty from Providence, Rhode Island.

Andrade’s promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, and the evergreen Frank Warren of Queensberry Promotions, Saunders’ promoter, have 30 days to negotiate a deal. If they fail to come to terms in the allotted time, a purse bid will be held. The minimum bid was set at a reasonable $200,000 (£154,340), but promotional rights could be millions if a purse bid occurs.

Saunders’ out of ring antics have been tabloid fodder. In September he was found guilty of misconduct and charged £100,000 by the BBBoC for suggesting a woman perform fellatio in exchange for drugs.

Saunders apologized for “taunting a drug addict,” but said it was only “banter.”

Incrementally chastened, last week Saunders filmed himself hurtling down a motorway at 75mph in his £250,000 Lamborghini Huracan.

There was another outcry.

He apologized again.

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  1. tetumbo 05:08pm, 01/25/2019

    BJ is less stable or reliable than the notoriously erratic Zab Judah. when this hype job finally strings together a couple of three wins v. solid comp, i’ll take notice. meanwhile, who gives a FK about the sport’s latest Hope and Hype job in waiting?

  2. Lucas McCain 05:04pm, 01/25/2019

    Sorry, but I have trouble feeling sorry for “poor bloke.”  Performing for the camera while driving at high speeds, even if only a a bit over the speed limit, is not only stupid but profoundly selfish, with or without a MAGA hat.  Remember what happened to really poor bloke who got in the way of Naseem Hamed while he was showing off in his expensive sports car—broke every bone in his body and suffered brain damage, but hey, at least Hamed walked away unscratched.

  3. Mau-Mauing The Flak Catchers 08:29am, 01/24/2019

    Lets just hope Billy Joe doesn’t decide to start wearing a red MAGA hat and have the temerity to smile while driving 75mph. The media would want to throw the poor bloke into a wood chipper.

  4. The Tache 05:02am, 01/24/2019

    ‘Hurtling’ down a motorway at 75mph??? That’s only 5 mph over the limit and I would estimate at least half of drivers in the UK do 80-85 as an average. Fair enough his other behaviour is distasteful but I seriously doubt there was an outcry about his speeding, although filming yourself while driving is dumb as well as illegal so I can imagine that causing more of a fuss. I think BJS is just too stupid to realise that once you have made yourself a target for media attention you need to keep your head down as any infraction will be blown out of proportion. Would have thought he’d have learnt that from his mate Fury.

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