Saunders and Taylor slam ‘bully’ 5-0 prospect over controversial sparring video

America’s 5-0 middleweight prospect Austin ‘Ammo’ Williams has caused a stir on social media by posting a one-sided sparring video.

World champions Billy Joe Saunders and Josh Taylor reacted negatively to the footage, in which Williams dominated an overmatched foe in confident and cocky fashion.

WBO super-middleweight title-holder Saunders posted: “You big useless fraggle, that poor man clearly can’t hold his hands up proper.

“When I’m in US, I’ll move you around we see what happens then.”

WBA & IBF super-lightweight champion Taylor posted: “Ammo Williams you’re [a] liberty taking bully.”

And super-welterweight Anthony Fowler added: “This is what we call s***house behaviour. We don’t take advantage of a novice in the boxing gym never mind record it and post. Bully.”

Austin 'Ammo' Williams responds to sparring video controversy

Williams later responded to the backlash with a contrite video.

He said: “Just like everybody else, I’m sure this quarantine has played an effect on me. The quarantine cancelled my fight one week before it, so maybe I’ve got a little pent-up aggression, maybe I went a little too hard.

“I look back on the video and I see how it may be frowned upon because of how one-sided it was. I was not trying to embarrass my sparring partner, I respect any man that go into the ring.

“If you’re watching this I respect you for getting in the ring, my intentions were not to embarrass you, my intentions were to show what I’ve been working on and it backfired.”


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