Police are investigating a video which appears to show the world boxing champion Billy Joe Saunders offering a woman drugs.
The footage shows the boxer inside a Rolls Royce encouraging a woman to punch a passer-by and perform a sex act on his friend in exchange for £150- worth of “crack”.
The boxer has since apologised on social media, saying: “Apologise to everyone who’s took offence totally in the wrong ‘can’t do anything but be sorry’ banter when wrong’ Apologies once again (sic).”
The British Boxing Board of Control has charged the WBO middleweight champion with misconduct and is organising a hearing for next week.
The BBBC said: “The British Boxing Board of Control are aware of a video featuring WBO Middleweight Champion Billy Joe Saunders and have called Mr Saunders to appear before the Stewards of the Board on a misconduct charge next week.”
‘Drugs in exchange for committing an act of violence’
In the video Mr Saunders says he will give the woman £150-worth of “crack cocaine” if she does what he asks.
He asked the woman to perform a sex act on his friend and punch a passer-by, who he claims is a “paedophile”.
After she hits the man, the boxer tells her the man is not a paedophile and Mr Saunders and his friend drive off laughing.
There is no evidence that Mr Saunders was in possession of any drugs or ever intended to supply drugs to the woman, but Nottinghamshire Police are now investigating.
A Nottinghamshire Police spokesperson said: “The Daily Mail has contacted the force yesterday 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.”
Nottinghamshire Police have asked that anyone with information to contact them, quoting incident 887 of 17 September.
Mr Saunders has been the WBO middleweight world champion since 2015 and is due to defend his title on 20 October.