The California State Athletic Commission has suspended the license of Bulgarian heavyweight boxer Kubrat Pulev for "forcibly" kissing a female Filipino-American reporter on the lips during an interview.
Footage emerged earlier this week in which Pulev was seen grabbing hold of Vegas Sports Daily‘s Jennifer Ravalo and planting a kiss on her lips when she asked him about fighting Tyson Fury.
The boxer was also ordered to appear in front of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), who said that they are taking this incident seriously.
In a statement, the CSAC 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 took to Twitter to explain the much-publicized incident, claiming they were friends.
"The reporter, Jenny, is actually a friend of mine, and after the interview, I was so elated, I gave her a kiss," he said. "On the video, after our kiss, we both laughed about it and thanked each other. There is really nothing more to this."
In response to the incident, Ravalo, who works under the name Jenny Sushe, said that she was invited to the party where “there was an opportunity to interview more fighters.”
She added that Pulev joined late in the night and then asked her to remove the kiss from the interview.
“I did not remove it and instead posted it because I wanted people to see what he had done to me. I wanted him to be accountable,” she said in a statement read out at a press conference.
The video of the incident can be seen here.
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