Boxer Billy Joe Saunders issues grovelling apology for saying 'women are there for sex'
British middleweight Billy Joe Saunders has apologised after saying that women should not box and 'are there for sex'.
Saunders, who takes on Ireland's Andy Lee in the WBO middleweight world title meeting at Thomond Park in September, caused uproar this week after his sexist rant was uploaded to Youtube.
"I think women are there for sex...." he said.
"Women's there for cleaning, cooking, washing and sex. They're not to put a headguard on and get punched in the face, although, I must say, Katie Taylor's done extremely well and she once punched Frankie Gavin up in sparring.
"All jokes aside, that's my opinions on women, but I'm just... ah... a sex maniac."
Olympic gold medallist responded to the video on Twitter, stating: "I feel sorry for his wife and daughter if that's his only view of women."
The fighter has issued a grovelling apology for his comments.
“About all this Twitter stuff I keep getting – all this bad stuff saying what I’ve said about women – it’s only a joke," he said.
"Listen, Katie Taylor is a very, very good fighter. She’s done what she’s done. Nicola Adams and all that. I’ve got the highest respect for them. I’m not saying women shouldn’t box – it’s their choice. They’ve won gold medals when I’ve got beat in the second round of the Olympics – they’re Olympic champions. I just want to clear that up. I reckon they’re very good to the sport.
“We’ve got to get men off the street and young boys off the street the same way we have to get young girls off the street. They’re showing that side of it. I don’t want to be painted as a man who thinks women are there for cooking and sex – even though they’re still good at it.
"If people know me, they know what sort of character I am. I say things. If I can help anyone I will and I’m not one of those people that goes around taking the piss – ‘let’s have a laugh’, ‘have a banter’. I do my job and the fans like it. But I’m sorry if I’ve upset anybody and I apologise but that’s all I can do.
“I apologise. If anybody’s offended by that, I’m sorry. When you see me, just come give me a cuddle and I’ll cuddle you back.”