‘Embarrassing and bizarre’: Boxer kisses female reporter on lips at some stage in interview

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Bulgarian heavyweight boxer Kubrat Pulev had distinguished himself by way of knocking out Bogdan Dinu in Las Vegas on Saturday night, his 27th victory in his 28th professional combat. What was to comply with become less glorious.

He changed into interviewed by means of Vegas Sports Daily reporter Jennifer Ravalo after the bout. At the end of the interview Ravalo requested Pulev if he merits a shot at Britain’s former heavyweight international champion Tyson Fury. The 37-yr-antique spoke back with a firm “Yes”, before forcibly kissing Ravalo at the lips and taking walks off digicam. Ravalo become later asked about the incident on Twitter and stated it became “embarrassing” and “unusual”.

Saturday’s events had echoes of an interview the 2017 French Open. In that incident, French tennis player Maxime Hamou become banished from the tournament after he attempted to forcibly kiss a female reporter during a live TV interview.

Hamou turned into interviewed with the aid of Eurosport journalist Maly Thomas for this system Avantage Leconte after his first-round loss to Pablo Cuevas. The 21-year-vintage wrapped his arm round Thomas’s shoulder and kissed her on the top and neck as she rebuffed him, prompting laughter and clapping from the commentators within the studio. Thomas defined the episode as “frankly ugly” in an interview with Huffington Post France, adding: “If I hadn’t been live on air, I might have punched him.”

 


Hamou later apologised for the incident. “I just lived a top notch week right here in Roland Garros residing my most lovely feelings as a tennis player, and I allow my overflow of enthusiasm express myself awkwardly towards Maly, who I understand and surely recognize,” he stated.

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