FILE PHOTO: Boxing – Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev Press Convention – Cardiff, Britain – September 11, 2017 Kubrat Pulev all through the click convention Motion Photographs by means of Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Bulgarian boxer who grabbed a feminine broadcaster’s face and kissed her at the lips all through a post-fight interview was once suspended till July by way of the California State Athletic Fee on Tuesday following tearful testimony by way of the interviewer.
Kubrat Pulev, a heavyweight contender referred to as “The Cobra,” was once additionally ordered all through a fee listening to to wait sexual harassment prevention categories and pay a $2,500 fantastic prior to he can combat once more within the state of California.
Pulev, who has just one loss in 27 fights, grabbed Jennifer Ravalo’s face and kissed her in the midst of a are living interview moments after knocking out Romania’s Bogdan Dinu within the 7th spherical of a March combat in Costa Mesa, California.
Considered one of Bulgaria’s most well liked sportsmen, Pulev apologized for his movements all through the listening to as his female friend, the Bulgarian pop famous person Andrea, sat in the back of him, dressed in darkish glasses.
Legal professionals for Pulev stated that the fighter had were given stuck up within the second following his giant win and “didn’t have his wits about him” when he kissed the reporter.
Pulev and his attorneys argued within the listening to that Ravalo didn’t seem to be very disillusioned concerning the incident as a result of she joined the boxer and his staff at a post-match birthday party later that night time.
However Ravalo stated in tearful testimony that Pulev additionally grabbed her buttocks off-camera following the interview, leaving her feeling humiliated, and has no longer apologized within the two months since.
“I didn’t need him to kiss me,” Ravalo stated.
Reporting by way of Dan Whitcomb and Omar Younis; Enhancing by way of Sonya Hepinstall