BRITISH world boxing champion Billy Joe Saunders has apologised after a video emerged of him giving advice to men on how to hit their wives and girlfriends if tempers flare during the lockdown.
Footage showed the 30-year-old, who retained his WBO super middleweight title by a technical knock out last November, working out on a punch bag in a barn.
In the video, Saunders — who lives in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire — talked about how to react if ‘your old woman is giving you mouth’ and ‘she’s coming at you, spitting a bit of venom in your face’.
The boxer talked about how to ‘explode and hit her on the chin’ and then ‘finish her off’ as he demonstrated on the punch bag.
Following a backlash on social media, Saunders apologised if he ‘offended any women’. He tweeted: ‘I would never condone domestic violence and if I saw a man touch a woman I would smash him to pieces myself.
‘I have a daughter and if a man laid a finger on her it would be end well. Apologies if I offended any women stay blessed x.’
The video emerged as home secretary Priti Patel promised that domestic abuse victims who are isolated with their abusers during the lockdown ‘will not be forgotten’.
Ms Patel told the Mail on Sunday she was aware that home is not a ‘safe haven’ for everyone and said that victims can leave home to seek help in refuges.
‘I am acutely aware that the necessary guidelines about social distancing and self-isolation may leave the victims of hidden crime, such as domestic abuse, feeling especially isolated, vulnerable and exposed,’ she said.
‘My message to every potential victim is simple: We will not let you down.
‘And my message to every perpetrator is equally simple: You will not get away with your crimes.’