Billy Joe Saunders could face punishment after posting 'completely unacceptable' tweet ahead of world title clash with David Lemieux

  • Billy Joe Saunders defends his world title against David Lemieux next month
  • He could be punished by British Boxing Board of Control for a repulsive tweet
  • Saunders was previously fined £2,000 for an inappropriate social media post
  • 'This was schoolboy smut from someone behaving like a juvenile' - Frank Warren

Billy Joe Saunders will fly to Canada for his world middleweight title defence next month under threat of sanction by the British Boxing Board of Control for a repulsive tweet.

The WBO belt holder has taken down the offensive message from his Twitter account but that is unlikely to spare him further punishment.

Saunders, who has already been fined £2,000 for an earlier, inappropriate posting on social media, appears to have surpassed himself this time.

Billy Joe Saunders could be sanctioned by the British Boxing Board of Control for a tweet

Billy Joe Saunders could be sanctioned by the British Boxing Board of Control for a tweet

The WBO middleweight king prepares to fly out to Canada for his fight with David Lemieux

The WBO middleweight king prepares to fly out to Canada for his fight with David Lemieux

How to paraphrase this subsequent tweet in the pages of a national newspaper website?

Well, it proposed that all women with a particular body part which is less than fragrant should be put to death.

Robert Smith, general secretary of the Board of Control, reveals: ‘As in his previous case, this will have to go before one of our meetings. I have already spoken to Billy Joe’s manager and promoter and asked them to talk to him about the dangers of social media.’

That has been done but promoter Frank Warren is also requesting consistency, saying: ‘I hope similar action is being taken against Anthony Joshua for tweeting about black supremacy.

Saunders' promoter Frank Warren (above) accused him of 'behaving like a stupid juvenile'

Saunders' promoter Frank Warren (above) accused him of 'behaving like a stupid juvenile'

‘What Billy Joe has done is completely unacceptable. As usual he is claiming someone else did it. But if it wasn’t him, then who on earth was it?

‘I’ve given him a dressing down. This was schoolboy smut from someone behaving like a stupid juvenile.

‘But while I give Joshua all the credit for repackaging himself after a troubled start to his life, for him or anyone else from any background to claim any kind of racial superiority is far worse.’

Ah, the folly of our celebrity sportsmen rushing onto social media before engaging the brain.

The disciplining of Saunders is part of a crackdown by boxing.

The unbeaten British fighter in action during his victory over Willie Monroe Jnr in September

The unbeaten British fighter in action during his victory over Willie Monroe Jnr in September

Smith says: ‘We’ve had enough of this stuff on Twitter from a number of our fighters. Boxing is enjoying a boom but they are damaging our sport’s cleaner image. We are urging them to stop using social media.’

There may be more hot water coming down the Saunders pipeline. When interviewed by boxing journalist Michelle Joy Phelps, he used a euphemism for that area of the female anatomy with which he seems obsessed when asking if she had tried eating it as part of her diet.

Saunders could do without courting controversy while approaching the toughest test and biggest opportunity of his so-far unbeaten career.

David Lemieux, his title challenger on December 16, is a knockout puncher, a former middleweight champion and will have hometown advantage in Montreal.?

Britain's Saunders faces Lemieux (L), a heavy-handed Canadian, in Montreal on December 16

Britain's Saunders faces Lemieux (L), a heavy-handed Canadian, in Montreal on December 16

Victory could put the Briton on course for a fight with Gennady Golovkin (L) or?Canelo Alvarez

Victory could put the Briton on course for a fight with Gennady Golovkin (L) or?Canelo Alvarez

The prize for the winner is expected to be a championship unification super-fight against multi-world-title-holder Gennady Golovkin or Mexican idol Canelo Alvarez.

In a wiser use of Twitter, Saunders is confirming how diligently he has trained for the occasion. Before and after selfies show him heavily overweight as he started camp but fighting fit now.

He says: ‘If I can’t beat Lemieux I’m not as good as I think I am.’

Saunders has a brilliant boxing brain. At 28 and with the chance of fame and fortune beckoning, it is time to apply that intelligence to all areas of his life.

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*Saunders v Lemieux will be televised live on BoxNation and BT Sport late on Saturday night, December 16.??

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