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Billy Joe Saunders slaps opponent Shefat Isufi at weigh-in ahead of title fight

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The Brit seemingly wanted to get one last psychological edge over his foe

Billy Joe Saunders gave his opponent Shefat Isufi a small slap at the weigh-in ahead of their fight on Saturday night.

The pair will square off at Stevenage FC’s Lamex Stadium for the vacant WBO super-middleweight world title, and both made weight at the 168lbs limit.

Billy Joe Saunders fights Shefat Isufi for the vacant WBO super-middleweight belt

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Billy Joe Saunders fights Shefat Isufi for the vacant WBO super-middleweight belt

After stepping on the scales, Saunders and Isufi were brought together for one final face-off in which BJS pushed his head against the German and then gave him a light slap.

It’s fair to say that this incident ranks fairly low down on the list of the Brit’s recent antics, as he endured a troublesome 2018 out of the ring.

Last year, the WBO middleweight champion was fined £100,000 by the BBBofC after uploading a clip in which he taunted a drug addict by offering her “£150 of crack” in exchange for a sex act.

He then told the woman to hit a random man who happened to be walking past while calling him a ‘paedo,’ which she did.

Not long after this, BJS failed a drugs test and vacated his world title.

Now he gets the opportunity to win a new belt in the division above and push on for a more positive 2019.

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