Bulgarian boxer Kubrat Pulev has been suspended by the California State Athletic Commission for forcibly kissing sports reporter Jenny SuShe during a post-fight interview in Costa Mesa last Saturday.
The 37-year-old heavyweight fighter also reportedly grabbed SuShe, whose legal surname is Ravalo, on her buttocks and laughed about it.
Bruh wtf is this interview man lmao! Pulev is alpha af. (Watch until end) pic.twitter.com/sUoiqFprhi
— NBT BOXING (@BoxingNbt) March 24, 2019
“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,” the Vegas Sports Daily journalist recounted, according to the BBC. “Then he walked away without saying anything to me and laughed.”
During an afterparty for the fight that same night, Pulev reportedly asked SuShe to take down the video of the kiss.
“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.
Pulev claimed the two of them were close friends, but SuShe says she only met the boxer a day before the match.
For the most commented kiss in the world! pic.twitter.com/T1Ktlprff4
— Kubrat Pulev (@KubratPulev) March 26, 2019
SuShe’s lawyer Gloria Allred wrote a letter to Andy Foster, the director of the CSAC, asking for “an immediate investigation” into the allegations and Pulev’s boxing license to compete in California to be suspended.
The CSAC told CNN in a statement that it is taking the incident seriously.
“On Tuesday Pulev was notified that, before he will be licensed to fight in California again, he must appear in front of the commission and demonstrate that he conforms to this principle of respect,” it said.
SuShe has received support on her Twitter account:
Boxing fans should be ashamed of themselves. This woman was sexually assaulted, not only did he kiss her, but groped her butt after the interview. I’m not saying Pulev should be sentenced to 20 years in jail, or any jail time at all. He needs to apologize & be held accountable. https://t.co/nkTkFEwhNv
— ClaressaT-rexShields (@Claressashields) March 29, 2019
😲OMG! Thx for posting! #NotOK! And certain fans are making fun of this?! Very disappointing! Pls tell me @trboxing @espn @Timbradleyjr @andreward @osunaespn @danrafaelespn @CrystinaPoncher & members of the #boxing community don’t condone #PulevKiss! #SusheRavalo @GloriaAllred https://t.co/UDjsibLJWQ
— Rosie Perez (@rosieperezbklyn) March 29, 2019
Pulev is Bulgaria’s R.Kelly. Expect a full on Documentary soon with plenty of Pulev victims from Bulgaria who got even darker stories. Pulev may lose that IBF mandatory position for a second time and lose that AJ payday again. Bob Arum bout to lose that AJ-Pulev fight on ESPN.
— BoxNCentre (@Masterfu5) March 28, 2019
Her Instagram page, on the other hand, has been bombarded with negative comments, calling SuShe a “slut” and “gold digger.”
Vegas Sports Daily released a statement on Monday:
“We are working around the clock with Jenny SuShe, and Pulev’s management team to further investigate the matter and determine appropriate steps/actions following this unfortunate event.
“We want to make it clear that women should feel safe and comfortable to exercise the duties of their job, free of abuse, advances, harassment, etc, in the workplace.”