Suspension lifted on boxer who kissed a reporter without her consent

Bulgaria's Kubrat Pulev attends a news conference Sept. 11, 2017, in Cardiff, Wales.
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Officials on Monday lifted the suspension of a Bulgarian boxer who kissed a reporter without her consent during a post-fight interview after he completed a sexual harassment course and paid a $2,500 fine.

The California State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to allow Kubrat Pulev to reapply for his license with the caveat that future offenses would result in a lifetime ban from fighting in North America.

Pulev was suspended in March after he grabbed Jenny Ravalo’s head in his hands and planted a kiss on her lips following his knockout of Bogdan Dinu.

He apologized to Ravalo before the commission voted. He said it was not sexual but an emotional reaction to his victory.


Ravalo said that’s not OK. She said she had been bullied online by thousands for speaking up.

Pulev agreed to participate in a video campaign about sexual harassment that the commission was considering doing. He said it would be important for people to know that such behavior is not correct “because a lot of people like me don’t know.”