Billy Joe Saunders
Name: Billy Joe Saunders
Born: 1989-08-30 (Age:24)
Birthplace: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Nationality: United Kingdom
Hometown: Hatfield, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Height: 5′ 11″ / 180cm
Boxing Record: click
Trainer: Jimmy Tibbs
"Caravan Kid" Saunders lives with his family on a travelers' encampment near Hatfield, Hertfordshire and fights for Hoddesdon ABC. Originally from Cheshunt, Billy Joe Saunders is the great-grandson of one of Britain's most famous gypsy bare-knuckle champions, Absolom Beeney. His father, Tom, a former amateur, also admits to being involved in a bare-knuckle scrap once "to sort things out, the way the travelling community does."
The southpaw won his first 49 amateur fights at senior level in a row winning the Commonwealth Championships 2007 and the Strandya Cup 2008 edging out Cuban Carlos Banteaux.
In 2008 Saunders qualified for the Beijing Olympics in the Welterweight division at the age of 18. Saunders qualified at the Euopean area qualifier in Pescara, Italy. He beat European champion Andrey Balanov and Kakhaber Zhvania, he lost his semi to Oleksandr Stretskyy before beating the Slovakian, Pavol Hlavacka for the all-important third spot. He will go to Beijing as the first person from the British Romany Gypsy community to qualify for the games
Olympic Games Results
2008 (as a welterweight)