Anthony Joshua’s IBF mandatory challenger has caused controversy in an interview that went viral
Vegas Sports Daily reporter Jenny ‘SuShe’ Ravalo has hired lawyer Gloria Allred after being kissed by Kubrat Pulev.
On Saturday night, the heavyweight boxer swiftly brought an end to an interview by grabbing the reporter and kissing her – an act Allred claims was ‘unwelcome’ and ‘unlawful,’ despite Pulev insisting she was his ‘friend.’
Ravalo has now alleged that he later also grabbed and squeezed her backside.
Speaking to explain her case, Jenny Ravalo stated: “I asked Kubrat for a post-fight interview. He said yes.
“I started the interview. Mid-interview he grabbed my face and kissed me. I was immediately shocked and embarrassed and didn’t know how to respond.
“Next I walked to a 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…
“I did not encourage or consent to Mr Pulev grabbing my face, kissing me, or grabbing my backside…
“What he did to me was disgusting. I felt humiliated. No woman should be treated this way.
“Mr Pulev and I were not friends and were not in a romantic relationship, he had no right to kiss me.”
At the end of her client’s statement, Gloria Allred declared that they have contacted the California State Athletic Commission requesting they investigate the incident, suspend Kubrat Pulev and sanction him.
This drew the following statement of response from Veronica Harms, CSAC Deputy Director of Communications:
“The California State Athletic Commission is committed to sanctioning events where people of all gender identities are respected as competitors, reporters, and fans.
“We take this incident seriously. 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 initially played down the incident with the below message.