Heavyweight contender Kubrat Pulev has been suspended by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) and faces legal action after abruptly kissing a reporter, MySportDab reports.
A video has emerged of Pulev embracing Vegas Sports Daily’s Jennifer Ravalo when asked about fighting Tyson Fury.
The 37-year-old grabbed Jennifer Ravalo’s face and kissed her on the lips afterknocking out Romania’s Bogdan Dinu in the seventh round in Costa Mesa, California.
“We take this incident seriously,” CSAC Deputy Director of Communications Veronica Harms said.
“Before he will be licensed to fight in California again, boxer Kubrat Pulev must appear in front of the commission and demonstrate that he will conform to this principle of respect.”
Pulev claimed he was friends with Ms. Ravalo but she denied that as she appeared with her lawyer.
She said: “Mid-interview he grabbedmy face and kissed me. I was immediately shocked and embarrassed, and didn’t know how to respond.
“Next, I walked to the table to put my items in my backpack. He grabbed both of my buttocks and squeezed with both of his hands. Then he walked away without saying anything to me and laughed.
“It made me feel uncomfortable and frustrated that Kubrat Pulev would treat me in such an unprofessional manner. I did not encourage or consent to Mr Pulev grabbing my face, kissing me, or grabbing my backside.”