A female reporter has called for boxing chiefs to suspend Bulgarian heavyweight Kubrat Pulev’s licence after he “forcibly” kissed her on the lips during an interview.
Footage emerged of Pulev embracing Vegas Sports Daily’s Jennifer Ravalo when asked about fighting Tyson Fury.
Pulev, 37, claimed the pair were friends, but Ravalo said she had only met the boxer a day earlier.
Ravalo’s lawyer Gloria Allred said his actions were “unwelcome and unlawful”.
The incident happened after Pulev defeated Romania’s Bogdan Dinu in California last Saturday.
In a statement read out by Allred at a news conference, Ravalo said that what Pulev did was “disgusting” and left her “humiliated”.
Ravalo, who works under the name Jenny SuShe, said: “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 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.
“I was there at the event covering the boxing match as a professional member of the press. Kissing a woman on her lips without her consent and grabbing her is not acceptable.”
She added: “No woman should be treated this way.” – BBC