Billy Joe Saunders has had his licence suspended pending a hearing into a social media video he published which appeared to condone domestic violence.

As a result of Saunders' comments, the British Boxing Board of Control has announced the two-weight world champion's licence has been suspended, pending a hearing.

A brief statement from the the British Boxing Board of Control said: "Having considered comments made by Billy Joe Saunders on social media have suspended his boxer's licence pending a hearing under the board's misconduct regulation, at a time and venue to be confirmed as soon as possible."

Saunders admits he made a "silly mistake" by releasing the video but insists he thought it would make people laugh.

The WBO super-middleweight champion filmed himself working out and offered men advice on how to hit their female partners while everyone is locked down together because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"I said it as a bit of a joke at first. I wasn't obviously thinking," Saunders told Talksport.

"It was a silly mistake but I didn't mean to cause any harm to anyone and I certainly wouldn't promote domestic violence.

"I think if it is took out of the gesture of what it was meant to be and out into something else then yeah I can clearly see (the offence) but when someone is only looking at it as a joke when we are all locked away.

"I thought I would make a few people laugh but obviously it has flipped on the other side with people."

Saunders added: "Clearly not (nobody laughed) but I didn't mean for anyone to get upset about it. There are people dying all around the world with coronavirus and I was just trying to take the heat off that a little bit.

"It clearly hasn't done, my sense of humour is not everyone's cup of tea."

Saunders has revealed he will be making a donation to a domestic abuse charity.

"I can only take it back and apologise, I will be donating £25,000 to support the domestic violence charity. It was a silly thing to do but it has been done and I can't take it back.

"It wasn't meant to be suggesting 'go and hit your wife and your loved ones'. It wasn't really done for social media likes, it was done out of pure careless thought.

"Everyone has an opinion. I am a very straight, honest person, I don't beat around the bush. I am who I am. I didn't mean to clearly cause any harm to anyone."

Saunders revealed he has received death threats since the video but also believes he gets a rougher ride because of previous mistakes.

"I am getting a lot of hate mail wishing me dead, wishing my family and my kids dead. I haven't got another half but I have got a daughter and if anyone did that (what was suggested in the video) to my daughter I would hurt them bad to be honest.

"I would never use my profession outside the ring but if anyone touched a finger on my daughter I would literally go all hell loose on them. Whatever I have got in my body.

"In other circumstances, and I don't condone what I said, but you get comedians taking the mickey out of people's disabilities etc, it was very silly but you don't see any other people targeted. Is it because of my background, people jump more on it because I've done some stuff in the past?

"I am who I am, I am not going to say I will never make another mistake in my life. I don't intentionally mean to make these mistakes, I didn't have a very good education.

"I am not intentionally causing the public any harm at all. I only put it out because I thought it was a laugh, clearly it wasn't."