Andy Lee's upcoming opponent Billy Joe Saunders launches disgustingly sexist attack on women 4 years ago

Andy Lee's upcoming opponent Billy Joe Saunders launches disgustingly sexist attack on women

Billy Joe Saunders won't have earned himself too many fans with his comments on women.

The challenger for Andy Lee's WBO middleweight title has broken out some remarks from the Middle Ages when asked about his opinions on women's boxing by IFL TV.

"I think women are there for sex every night, hard sex. Women are there for cleaning, cooking, washing and sex. They're not there to put headgear on and get punched in the face."

Andy Lee and Billy Joe Saunders 14/7/2015

The question came with rumours that talks are ongoing with reigning Olympic champion Katie Taylor to fight on the undercard of Lee v Saunders when the pair meet at Thomond Park in September.

But Saunders does claim to respect Taylor, if not the vast majority of other women as he reveals he has been impressed by the Bray lightweight's talent.

Baku 2015 European Games, Crystal Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan 21/6/2015 Women's Light 60kg Round of 16 Katie Taylor vs Denitsa Eliseeva Ireland's Katie Taylor (Red) is declared the winner Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

"Although I must say that Katie Taylor's done extremely well and she once punched Frankie Gavin up in sparring. I remember him saying that.

"Listen, all jokes aside. That's just my opinion on women. I'm just a sex maniac.

"I don't really like to see women getting punched in the nose and face, it's not very nice is it.

"I'm not taking anything away from them (female boxers). I'm giving them full respect because they've done things that I haven't done. They've won Olympic golds so I give them full credit."

Katie Taylor has since responded to the claims via Twitter and she's taken the high road which was expected from an athlete as classy as her.