Billy Joe Saunders is a professional boxer from Britain. He is one of those boxers who have held world championships in two different weight classes; WBO championships in the middleweight title and WBO title in the super-middleweight class. He is the only boxer from the traveling community to get this achievement. He has won several titles at the regional level between the year 2012 to 2015. Billy also represented Great Britain in the 2008 Olympics and made his till the second round. In 2008, he also won a gold medal at the EU Championships.
In 2020, he placed the sixth position in the list of best active super-lightweight boxers. In December 2015, he made history when he competed with Andy Lee and the traveling community. It was the first title fight between two members of the same community, and Billy won it by the majority decision and became the WBO middleweight champion.
30 August 1989 is the birth date of Billy Joe. He was born in Cheshunt. He spent most of his childhood living in the Romanichal traveling community in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. His great-grandfather was one of the best and famous bare-knuckle boxers of the community. Billy is quite a close friend of the heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury.
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Saunders started his Amateur boxing career at the Cheshunt Boxing club and Hoddesdon Boxing club. He won 49 fights in his Amateur career, which is a huge achievement. In 2008, he got qualified for the Olympics and before that, he participated in the 2007 Commonwealth Championships. He was the foremost boxer from Romanichal community to get selected for the Olympic games. In the Beijing Olympics, he won the first round against Adem Kicci but lost the second one against Carlos Banteux. After that, he also got suspended for poor behavior with a local woman. In, he started his professional boxing career.
He fought his first professional match in February 2009 in Birmingham. He landed few powerful combinations in the first round and the second round; the referee had to stop the fight due to the damage Billy caused to this opponent. In December, he fought Nick Blackwell for the British Middleweight Title, which went for 12 rounds and finally Billy got the victory based on the judges’ scorecards. He fought some easy fights after that, but in 2013, he had a tough fight with John Ryder. They both fought for twelve rounds, but the scorecards were in favor of Saunders. After a couple of fights in the next few years, Billy announced his retirement, but in 20118, he returned to the ring once again and fought Charles Adamu and won the fight.
Billy’s personal life has been full of controversies as in 2018, he impersonated a police officer and made a person strip naked. He also offered cocaine to a drug addict and asked her to perform a sex act or punch a gut. He has made several mistakes and issues due to which the BBBofC investigated the videos and suspended his boxing licenses. He was also fined 15000 euros, after which his ban was lifted.
Billy Joe is one of the most talented boxers in history, and his net worth is $75 million.