Billy Joe Saunders has denied that he was making reference to Barry McGuigan’s daughter Danika, who tragically died of most cancers in 2019, in his Instagram tales on Wednesday.
Britain’s WBO super-middleweight champion has made a number of disparaging remarks in regards to the Irish ex-champion following BBC’s Panorama documentary on Monday night time, however is adamant none of his posts had been about Danika.
McGuigan was interviewed as a part of the programme entitled ‘Boxing and the Mob’.
He spoke towards Daniel Kinahan, who co-founded administration crew MTK International (although later stepped again from the corporate) and has been recognized to be an advisor of Saunders.
Kinahan has been named by the Excessive Court docket in Dublin as a senior determine in an organised crime gang concerned in worldwide drug trafficking operations and firearm offences.
Following McGuigan’s feedback being aired on Monday, Saunders tweeted: “Barry McGuigan give your self look within the mirror. #RobinHood”
He additionally made disparaging remarks in regards to the Irishman on Instagram, together with on Tuesday night time when he posted an image of a rat with the caption: “Anybody know the place I can get a cage for Barry? Simply have a look at him, he’s a bit scruffy and slimy.”
Saunders has insisted that his subsequent put up was an entire change of topic, as he stated: “Any flower retailers for Valentine’s so I can ship my daughter? Thanks, DM me.”
On Wednesday Billy Joe added extra to his story, importing photos of his daughter with the hashtag #PostYourDaughterChallenge.
Some interpreted these most up-to-date posts as a reference or taunt about Barry McGuigan’s daughter, Danika McGuigan.
Danika tragically handed away aged simply 33 in 2019 after a battle with most cancers.
US promoter Lou DiBella reacted by blasting Saunders on social media: “That is reprehensible. Even within the cesspool that’s boxing.
“That is merely unacceptable and if our sport had governance there can be extreme ramifications. Utilizing the tragic dying of a person’s daughter to abuse him is inhuman. For f***’s sake.”
Billy Joe replied by importing photographs to indicate that he had posted the images of his daughter not simply on Instagram but in addition on Fb – away from his tirade about Barry McGuigan.
Fb was the place the #PostYourDaughterChallenge originated from and Saunders insisted the 2 sections of his Instagram story weren’t linked.
He added: “Lou DiBella, ‘put up your daughter problem’ at present on Fb which I did on Instagram [and] Fb.
“I actually don’t discuss in regards to the useless as I’m not that sick, so please don’t decrease my title by tweeting that I’m suggesting anyone that isn’t with us anymore.
“Get your information proper. You’re f***ing sick to even put up one thing like that when I’ve a younger lovely daughter of my very own you sick particular person.”
He additionally added screenshots of him messaging a florist, insisting his put up about in search of flowers for his daughter was real and on no account a reference to Danika McGuigan.
Saunders then stated in an Instagram video: “On Twitter I’m getting lots of detrimental suggestions as a result of on my Instagram and Fb there was a daughter problem and I put my daughter up, my younger lovely daughter.
“I put that up with the floristry as a result of I’ve obtained a flower firm for Valentine’s for my daughter.
“[People] are suggesting that I’m aiming that at a sure ex-boxer’s daughter who handed away, which clearly I’m very sorry about.
“Sure, what I stated about McGuigan and posted about McGuigan – I do assume he’s a horrible man, however I might by no means decrease my requirements and discuss in regards to the useless…
“Please don’t recommend that I discuss in regards to the useless, I’ve had very shut family members who’ve handed away.
“For individuals to recommend I’d discuss in regards to the daughter, a useless daughter, after I’ve for a younger daughter of my very own – you scumbags, develop up, all get a life.”
Saunders concluded by posting a tweet displaying that promoter DiBella had apologised to him privately and stated he accepted this apology.