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.
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 . https://t.co/8wwKMCz0Gp
— billyjoesaunders (@bjsaunders_) May 21, 2020
Ammo Williams you’re Liberty taking bully 👎🏼 https://t.co/YhCoezWhWw
— Josh Taylor (@JoshTaylorBoxer) May 21, 2020
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.”