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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Father blasts boxing champion Billy Joe Saunders for taunting his drug addict daughter in sick video and offering her £150 to hit a passer-by before apologising that 'banter went wrong'


  • Billy Joe Saunders was filmed taunting a drug addict woman from inside a car
  • The boxer asked her to 't*** off' his companion and punch someone to get drugs
  • The woman slapped an innocent passer-by after they said he was a 'paedophile'  
  • Notts Police are now investigating the alleged offer to supply Class A drugs 
  • Robert Smith of British Boxing Board of Control labelled the video 'disgusting' 
  • On Tuesday Saunders took to Twitter to apologise for the 'banter went wrong' 
  • Father of woman in video says it is 'very sad' his troubled daughter was targeted
A father today blasted world boxing champion Billy Joe Saunders for taunting his drug addict daughter in a sickening film where he offered to give her £150-worth of crack cocaine to punch a man in the face.
The boxer has apologised for the vile film in which he goaded former care worker Lyndsey Fox, 37, and offered her drugs to perform a sex act on his friend.
Ms Fox, who had a gilded life before spiralling into a world of drug addiction, was filmed slapping a passer-by in the street as he walked passed.
Her despairing father Paul Fox told how he and his wife Margaret had chosen not to see the clip when two officers called at his hideaway home in the Nottinghamshire countryside at lunch time in connection with their investigation.
Boxer Billy Joe Saunders was filmed taunting Lyndsey Fox and offering £150-worth of 'crack'
Boxer Billy Joe Saunders was filmed taunting Lyndsey Fox and offering £150-worth of 'crack'
Boxer Billy Joe Saunders was filmed taunting Lyndsey Fox and offering £150-worth of 'crack'
Ms Fox was a care assistant before she developed drug problems, her parents have said
Ms Fox was a care assistant before she developed drug problems, her parents have said
Landowner Mr Fox said neither he nor his wife, both 63, who runs a thriving equestrian centre and livery yard had been in recent contact with their troubled daughter and were not aware of the scandal until informed by two uniformed cops who turned up at their retreat in a patrol car.
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline once officers had left, a drained-looking Mr Fox spoke: 'I think it is very sad. Police came round to tell me and my wife about our daughter. They wanted to make us aware. 
'They offered to show us it but we chose not to see it. We weren't aware of its existence before they came round. The wonders of social media!'He said : 'My daughter does have drug problems, she has tried to get better in the past but it hasn't worked.
'Police told us she wasn't being hurt in the video but we would still find it too distressing.'
He blasted the boxer - 'who I've never heard of' - for 'hitting on someone vulnerable', adding: 'It is very sad. He is a foolish young man.'
He told how his ex-care assistant daughter, who was once given an ASBO for physically abusing and threatening an elderly man in her care, had gone off the rails because of drugs but declined to discuss the reason why.
Saunders posted this tweet online this morning apologising for his actions
Saunders posted this tweet online this morning apologising for his actions
He also posted this picture of himself standing on his car bonnet in a disabled parking space, along with the caption: 'Think before you act'
He also posted this picture of himself standing on his car bonnet in a disabled parking space, along with the caption: 'Think before you act'
The controversial 29-year-old fighter is the current WBO middleweight world champion
The controversial 29-year-old fighter is the current WBO middleweight world champion
He said: 'Lindsey has never lived here, it is a beautiful place and my wife runs the stables and livery yard here. She could have had a nice life. We've tried to get help for her but when you have a drug problem it is not easy.
'We had no idea about this incident, we don't know much about her life, that's her choice. I think she lives in Sheffield and I'm not aware if she has a boyfriend or if she's been in trouble before.
'My wife is too upset to talk.'
Police made a brief 15 minute visit during which they confirmed Ms Fox was the blonde woman offered '£150 of crack' by Saunders, 29.
Officers acted swiftly after MailOnline obtained footage of the boxer inside his £250,000 Rolls Royce encouraging a then unknown woman to perform a sex act on his friend and punch an innocent passer-by in exchange for the drugs.
Saunders and two companions make her promise not to report them to police before goading her into slapping the man and calling him a 'paedo'.
Saunders was believed to be speaking to the woman while sitting in his £250,000 Rolls Royce
Saunders was believed to be speaking to the woman while sitting in his £250,000 Rolls Royce
Two officers from Nottingham Police arrived at the Fox's huge red bricked house Bevercotes, near Newark, shortly before 1pm.
One told MailOnline said: 'We are here to speak to the family in connection with that dreadful video of the boxer posted on your website in connection with our inquiries.'
They spent 15 minutes talking to her parents inside their house while three huge dogs roamed in the grounds outside.
The officers later refused to say if Lyndsey was indoors, saying: 'Sorry we can't comment on that or the nature of our inquiries.' 
Saunders, 29, now faces a disciplinary hearing next week which could see him banned from the ring in Britain.
Earlier today, the fighter took to Twitter to have his say, claiming the video was 'banter [that] went wrong' and that he 'can't do anything but be sorry'.
'Apologise to everybody who's took offence totally in the wrong ' can't do anything But be sorry ' banter when wrong ' Apologies once again (sic),' he wrote. 
The boxer tricks Ms Fox into slapping a passer-by, who he claims is a paedophile and 'p****'
The boxer tricks Ms Fox into slapping a passer-by, who he claims is a paedophile and 'p****'

SAUNDERS' FACTFILE

Age: 29
Fights: 26
Wins: 26
Draws: 0
Losses: 0
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
BBBofC chief Robert Smith confirmed to Sportsmail today that a hearing on the middleweight's misdemeanor has been called for next week.
Saunders could be be fined, suspended or even lose his licence should he be found guilty.
His next fight is scheduled to take place next month against former two-time light-middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade in the United States.  
Nottinghamshire Police said on Monday they are now aware of the 'sickening' clip and will be investigating all those involved.  
A force spokesman told MailOnline: 'Officers will be looking to identify and speak to all of those who feature in this sickening video.
'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.'
'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. 
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.
In November 2017 he was panned for a 'completely unacceptable' tweet, only a few months after being labelled a 'bully' and 'vile' for comments he made about a gender neutral shop assistant. 
During his amateur days, the southpaw was suspended by the Amateur Boxing Association during the 2008 Olympics for alleged lewd behaviour towards a woman. 

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?
Ms Fox : 'Nobody, I'm not going to tell any body.'
Saunders: Swear on your granddad's grave?
Ms Fox : 'I swear on my granddad's grave'
Saunders: 'How much do you need this crack? Tell me the truth.
Ms Fox : 'I need it quite a lot, yeah.'
Saunders: 'How much do you need it?'
Ms Fox : '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?
Ms Fox : 'Not very well.
Saunders: 'If I was to give you £150 worth, would you t*** him off at the side there?'
Ms Fox: '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: 'What?'
Saunderscompanion: 'You want more than that' 
Saunders: No, no she ain't. What's your name? 
Saunders: How old are you? 
Saunders: What's your sex name?
Ms Fox : 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.
Ms Fox: 'I've heard you're a paedophile, mate*
*Woman slaps the man*
Saunders: 'Oh he's not a paedophile'
Ms Fox: '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... 

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