LUCKY DOG: Billy Joe Saunders scoops £5,500 on greyhound bet
Former middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders softened the blow of losing out of a payday in the millions by winning on the dogs.
The undefeated Briton fancied a greyhound baring the name ‘Ballymac BillJoe’ and decided to have a flutter.
Later posting his exploits, Saunders stated he won a £5,500 from two bets on the 2.57 from Doncaster on Saturday.
Saunders currently has time on his hands as he awaits the outcome of an appeal by promoter Frank Warren.
The Hatfield man was stripped of his title and refused a license to box in the United States for a scheduled mandatory clash with Demetrius Andrade on October 20.
Andrade went on to claim Saunders’ vacant belt in Boston and Warren is hopeful of landing a mandatory shot for his fighter next – at the very least.
Explained his bid, Warren said: “It was a nasal spray! – VADA bans everything. They are not recognised in Great Britian. They are not recognised by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) and they are not recognised by the British Boxing Board of Control,” Warren told talkSPORT.
“Massachusetts have not even applied their own disciplinary regulations correctly. So obviously Bill will appeal and the appeal will go to the Supreme Court.
“He will be suing them for any loss of earnings.
“The tests they are referring to took place in August. But since then Bill has had subsequent tests which have all come back negative. It’s ridiculous. It’s stupid where we are at with this.
“It stops Bill from getting paid quite a substantial purse. But they can bring this guy in from Africa who they are probably paying $100,000, so it suits them financially.
“They have said publicly they were supporting Bill and they wanted the fight. Yet I’ve got a letter from them privately saying they were going to be neutral on the position.
“From a business perspective I see where they are at. But it’s not fair on Billy Joe Saunders that he has defended his title three or four times and he’s in this position,” he added.