The police have launched a drugs probe after world boxing champion Billy Joe Saunders was caught on film offering a drug addict ‘£150 of crack’.
Footage obtained exclusively by MailOnline shows the boxer, 29, inside his £250,000 Rolls Royce encouraging an unknown woman to perform a sex act on his friend and punch an innocent passer-by in exchange for the drugs.
The woman, who appears to be a drug addict, is believed to be 37 and from Nottinghamshire.
Nottinghamshire Police say they are now aware of the ‘sickening’ clip and will be investigating all those involved.
Boxer Billy Joe Saunders has been filmed taunting a woman and offering £150-worth of ‘crack’
The woman, who appears to be an addict, is asked to perform a sex act in exchange for drugs
A force spokesman told MailOnline: ‘MailOnline has contacted the force this evening and made us aware of a video circulating, where a woman is offered drugs in exchange for committing an act of violence, and potentially committing a sex act in public.
‘Officers will be looking to identify and speak to all of those who feature in this sickening video, and a full investigation will be carried out into the number of offences that have been captured on film, including the offer to supply Class A drugs, aiding and abetting an assault, assault and public order offences.
‘Incidents of this nature will not be tolerated in Nottinghamshire, and we would urge anyone who witnessed this incident, or who has any further information about those responsible to come forward.’
Career high and lowlights…
2008 – Represents Team GB at the Olympics in Beijing before being suspended by the ABA for alleged lewd behaviour towards a woman
Feb 2009 – Makes his professional debut vs Attila Molnar
July 2015 – Criticised for claiming ‘women are there for cleaning, cooking, washing, and sex… (not) to put a headguard on get punched in the face,’ when asked about female boxing
Dec 2015 – Beats Andy Lee to win the WBO middleweight title
July 2017 – Labelled ‘a bully’ and ‘vile’ for comments about a gender neutral shop assistant
Nov 2017 – Criticised for a ‘completely unacceptable tweet’
Dec 2017 – Put on a masterful display to beat David Lemieux in Canada
Aug 2018 – Chased out of Nando’s after allegedly throwing chicken at world heavyweight king Deontay Wilder
‘Anyone with information is asked to contact Nottinghamshire Police, quoting incident 887 of 17 September.
The clip is the latest in a string of controversies involving the British fighter, who next month defends his WBO middleweight crown against American Demetrius Andrade in Boston.
In the video, obtained exclusively by MailOnline, Saunders and two companions are filmed taunting a woman, who appears to be a drug addict.
Sitting in the driver’s seat, the 29-year-old boxer tells the woman he will give her £150-worth of ‘crack’ – but only if she agrees to a number of demeaning demands.
First Saunders makes her swear on her granddad’s grave she won’t tell anyone who gave her the drugs, before he asks her if she can sing and would be willing to perform a sex act on his companion in exchange for her fix.
He asks: ‘If I was to give you £150-worth, would you t*** him off at the side there?’
The lady agrees, on the condition that he supplies her the drugs first. But the boxer instead turns the sinister conversation to a man walking towards the car.
‘I know him, he’s a p****, he’s a paedophile, punch him in the face and I’m going to give you £150-worth,’ Saunders tells the woman.
‘Punch him in the face, go on I’m going to give it to you right now, punch him he’s a paedophile, punch him.’
The boxer tricks the woman into slapping a passer-by, who he claims is a paedophile and ‘p****’
The controversial 29-year-old fighter is the current WBO middleweight world champion
The woman obliges, slapping the passer-by and saying: ‘I’ve heard you’re a paedophile, mate.’
Saunders informs the woman that the man is, in fact, not a sex offender and while she is apologising to the passer-by, Saunders and his companions drive off while laughing.
Today the General Secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control, Robert Smith, told Sportsmail: ‘I have just seen (the video) and I can tell you we find it disgusting.’
Smith refused to discuss what, if any, action Saunders could face. But he did say: ‘I am speaking to members of the board now… I am keen to get on with this as soon as possible.’
There is not any evidence Saunders had any drugs, or any genuine intention of supplying anything to the woman, but Nottinghamshire Police are now investigating.
His actions also drew criticism on Twitter, with one boxing fan writing: ‘What a disgrace this guy is! As a British boxing fan (I) truly want to like him for his boxing skills but he is an abysmal human being,’ one wrote.
‘As good as a boxer as he is, for that video should be ashamed of himself,’ another added.
One person wrote: ‘Billy Joe Saunders is 1 of the most talented boxers on the planet but he ruins it all with his stupid antics. This is absolutely disgusting.’
Saunders was believed to be speaking to the woman while sitting in his £250,000 Rolls Royce
This is the second time in a matter of weeks that the boxer, who has long hoped to land a money-spinning showdown with middleweight kings Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, has hit the headlines for his exploits outside the ring.
Before Tyson Fury’s fight against Francesco Pianeta in Belfast last month, Saunders was filmed being chased out of Nando’s by members of Deontay Wilder’s entourage after he allegedly threw chicken at the world heavyweight champion.
But Saunders has been embroiled in more unpleasant controversies in recent years, too.
During his amateur days, the southpaw was suspended by the Amateur Boxing Association during the 2008 Olympics for alleged lewd behaviour towards a woman.
Saunders’ management and promoters have not responded to requests for comment.
FULL VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
Saunders: ‘Before I give you this crack, right, if anything happens to you you’re not going to say ‘oh police, police?’
‘Right, listen. Let me tell you one thing. Before I give you this crack, I’m going to give you it (but) are you going to tell anyone I’ve given it to you?
Woman: ‘Nobody, I’m not going to tell any body.’
Saunders: Swear on your granddad’s grave?
Woman: ‘I swear on my granddad’s grave’
Saunders: ‘How much do you need this crack? Tell me the truth.
Woman: ‘I need it quite a lot, yeah.’
Saunders: ‘How much do you need it?’
Woman: ‘Quite a lot. I thought you were on top to start with that’s why I said that thing about booze.’
Saunders: ‘Well listen, I’m not on top. I’ve got crack here. If you want it, I’ll give it to you. Yeah?
‘I’m going to give you £150 worth. Can you sing?
Woman: ‘Not very well.
Saunders: ‘If I was to give you £150 worth, would you t*** him off at the side there?’
Woman: ‘If you give it to me first, yeah. That’s how it works.’
Saunders’ companion: ‘You want more than a t*** though for £150’
Saunders‘ companion: ‘You want more than that’
Saunders: No, no she ain’t. What’s your name?
Woman: *Censored*, that’s my real name
Saunders: How old are you?
Saunders: What’s your sex name?
Woman: My sex name?
Saunders: Right I’m going to give you £150 worth
On the man walking towards the car…
Saunders’ companion: ‘That’s a policeman’
Saunders: ‘I know him, he’s a p****, he’s a paedophile, punch him in the face and I’m going to give you £150-worth. Punch him in the face, go on I’m going to give it to you right now, punch him he’s a paedophile, go on, he’s a paedophile, punch him.
Woman: ‘I’ve heard you’re a paedophile, mate*
*Woman slaps the man*
Saunders: ‘Oh he’s not a paedophile’
Woman: ‘Sorry mate I got you mixed up with somebody, sorry I heard you were a paedo, sorry sweetheart… I’m very sorry…’
Saunders’ companion: Drive off, drive off…