Brit fighter Billy Joe Saunders was up against another fighter Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in May 2021. And the fight created quite a conversation before the actual showdown. So, Billy was the center of attention along with details on his wife/girlfriend, career, and family.
Scroll down this Billy Joe Saunders article to learn more about him.
His Age: How Old Is He?
Billy Joe Saunders was born on 30 August 1989. He turned 31 years old while in 2020. Furthermore, Virgo is the zodiac sign of Billy.
Billy Joe Saunders Nationality
Being born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, Billy Joe Saunders is a British National. He hailed from his hometown of Hatfield in the United Kingdom.
Billy Joe Saunders Parents, Siblings
Every once in a while, Bill Joe’s mother celebrates her son’s fight. But she maintains a low profile most of the time. In the fight against Canelo Alvarez, Billy’s got all the Saunders clan together to wish him luck and show him support in his hometown.
@travellerboxersTBVT reposted a video that had all Saunders’s family cheering for him from his hometown that included his mother.
Meanwhile, Billy’s father was always in the media attention for being by Billy’s side. In early May 2021, before the fight, Billy’s father Tommy Saunders Sr. claimed the fight was off because of the ring size. He asserted that the size of the ring should be 24 ft.
Billy Joe Saunders shared no personal information on his father and mother. Not only him, but his only sibling, his brother Tommy Sibling is also a boxer. Two years Billy’s senior, Tom made a name as four times National School Champion in the younger days.
His Height: How Tall Is He?
Billy Joe Saunders measures the height of 1.8 meters which would be 5 feet 11 inches. Plus, he weighed 76 kilograms (167 lbs) which fluctuated a little every once in a while. However, training and exercise helped maintain his body weight.
Furthermore, Billy’s rugged looks made him appear a more formidable opponent which played with his opponent’s psyche. A pair of deep-set eyes and his size added further to his distinct features.
Billy Joe Saunders Net Worth
Billy Joe Saunders has a reported net worth of $5 million.
But one thing we know of is, all the Saunders men were boxers including his cousins, granddads, and even great-granddads. The bare-knuckle-boxing was a Gypsy tradition that was passed down the generation. Later, the younger generation turned it into professional sports.
Only at the age of 13, Billy Joe Saunders was counted as one of the best young fighters coming out of East Herts in England. By the time, he had already won Four Nations Cup. Having the blood of the champion of fairground fighting booth, Absolom Feeney, great grandad of Billy, flowing through his vein, he inherited the art of boxing.
Billy Joe Saunders initiated his amateur career in 2007. He became Commonwealth Championships Gold medalist in Liverpool, England. He ended up defeating William McLaughlin, Joseph Blackbourne, and Gerard O’Mahony in the year.
Whereas, in 2008, Billy fought against Carlos Banteaux, Aleksandar Spirko, Kanat Orabayev, and Evgeni Borisov and ended up securing Strandja Memorial Cup Gold medal. The same year, he won the four matches against Andrey Balanov, Michal Starbala, Kahaber Jvania, and Pavol Hlavacka but ended up losing against Oleksandr Stretsky of Ukraine. He ended up securing third place in the European Olympic Qualification Tournament.
And in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, Billy defeated Adem Kilicci and lost against Carlos Banteux. Though defeated, his fighting abilities didn’t go unnoticed and was pursued by Frank Warren to turn him into a professional fighter.
In November 2011, Billy became the Southern Area Middleweight Champion after defeating Gary Boulden. He defeated 6 undefeated opponents with ten or more bouts. The list of his opponent includes Jarrod Fletcher, Gary O’Sullivan, John Ryder, Emanuele Blandamura, Chris Eubank Jr., and Marcelo Esteban Coceres.
Billy Joe Saunders Wife, Girlfriend, Ruby
Billy Joe Saunders was in long-standing now-former girlfriend, Ruby. The duration of their relationship is yet to be addressed. Furthermore, Billy and his once-wife prospect, Ruby ended up having three kids. That included two sons: Billy Joe Jr. Saunders and Steve Saunders.
Billy also had a daughter whose information is yet to be known.
However, the relationship front of Billy Joe Saunders doesn’t earn attention because of his girlfriend, wife, and kids. But, because of his take on women’s role in the household.
In 2015, Billy made misogynistic comments on Women’s Boxing. He argued,
“I think women are there for sex. Every night. Hard sex. Women’s there for cleaning, cooking, washing and sex. They’re not to put a head-guard 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.”
He added further,
“All jokes aside, that’s my opinion on women, but I’m just… eh… a sex maniac.”
Lightweight champion Katie Taylor responded to his take on women boxing. In her words,
“I feel sorry for his wife and daughter if that’s his only view of women.”
In late March of 2020, Billy posted a video online where he advised his fans on how to physically control his wife or girlfriend. A little over the two-minute video was a fighting tutorial meant to use against one’s partner.
Billy was widely criticized for the video. But in response to the criticism, he went on Twitter to write,
“I would never condone domestic violence and if I saw a man touch a woman I would smash him to pieces myself I have a Daughter and if a man laid a finger on her it would be end well . Apologies if I offended any women stay blessed x”
As of this writing on 9 May 2021, Billy Joe Saunders wasn’t probably dating anyone and was surely not married.
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Last modified: May 9, 2021