Hatfield boxing champ Billy Joe Saunders denies dog charge

PUBLISHED: 12:53 08 March 2016 | UPDATED: 12:57 08 March 2016

Billy Joe Saunders

Billy Joe Saunders

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Hatfield world boxing champion Billy Joe Saunders handed himself in to police after a warrant was issued for his arrest yesterday.

Saunders, 26, says he was unaware he was expected in Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on a charge of being in control of a dangerous dog yesterday morning.

Police have confirmed he handed himself in after announcing his first title defence, and he was due to appear at Hatfield Remand Court today.

A spokesman said: “Billy Joe Saunders was wholly unaware of the hearing yesterday as court papers were not served on him directly.

“Subsequently, Billy Joe attended a press conference with his promoter Frank Warren to announce the details of his first world title defence that he had notice of one week prior.

“Having become aware of the matter, Billy Joe is fully co-operating with the court in order to resolve the issue.

“Billy Joe has pleaded not guilty to the alleged offences and indeed, the third party responsible for the offences has pleaded guilty and admitted sole responsibility.”

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