Heavyweight boxer Kubrat Pulev has been hitting the headlines in and out of the ring in recent years. Now fans also want to know more about Jennifer Ravalo, the reporter he kissed following a fight in 2019.

Who is Jennifer Ravalo?

Jennifer Ravalo is a reporter for Vegas Sports Daily, a news outlet covering the NFL, NBA and boxing as well as entertainment and betting.

According to WaliKali, Ravalo is 42 years old and lives in Los Angeles. She is also an entrepreneur and chef outside her journalism duties.

Kubrat Pulev kiss controversy

Ravalo took legal action against Kubrat Pulev in March 2019 when the Bulgarian heavyweight boxer kissed her on the lips during an interview.

STATEMENT OF JENNY RAVALOMarch 22nd, 2019 I was at the Hangar, OC event center in Costa Mesa, California, when I met Kubrat Pulev for the first time ever. I was there for the weigh in. I asked him if we could do an interview for Vegas Sports Daily. He said “Yes”. We did a pre-fight interview. The next day, March 23rd, 2019 after the fight between Kubrat and Bogdan Dinu, I asked Kubrat for a post-fight interview. He said “Yes”. I conducted the interview in a backstage area inside his tent. I started the interview. 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.Later that night, a friend invited me to an after-party. There was an opportunity to interview more fighters and therefore I decided to go. Mr. Pulev did not join until the very end of the night. He acted like nothing happened but later at the party he asked me to remove the kiss from the interview. 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. I didn’t want him to get away with it. What he did to me was disgusting. I felt humiliated. No woman should be treated this way. Mr. Pulev and I were not friends and we were not in a romantic relationship. He had no right to kiss me.I contacted Gloria Allred because I felt that Ms. Allred could help me impose consequences on Mr. Pulev for what he did to me. I never had this happen to me before and I never want it to happen again. A man should ask a woman before he kisses her. That did not happen in this encounter with Mr. Pulev and that is why I’m speaking out today.JENNY RAVALOREPRESENTED BY ATTORNEY GLORIA ALLREDMARCH 28, 2019

Posted by Gloria Allred on Thursday, March 28, 2019

Pulev had knocked out Romania’s Bogdan Dinu in a bout in California earlier before kissing and embracing Ravalo in an interview while discussing the fight.

The reporter condemned the boxer’s actions, saying she had been left “humiliated” by the incident.

In a news conference, Ravalo stated at the time: “Mid-interview he grabbed my face and kissed me. I was immediately shocked and embarrassed, and didn’t know how to respond.

“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.”

“No woman should be treated this way.”

Pulev back in the ring on Saturday

The Bulgarian was fined $2,500 for his actions as well as being suspended and ordered to take sexual harassment prevention classes.

That ban was lifted in July 2019 after Pulev completed the sexual harassment prevention course, with the California State Athletic Commission voting 6-0 to reinstate his licence.

He now has his sights set on Saturday’s heavyweight clash with Briton Anthony Joshua, when the pair will be fighting at Wembley. The boxers will contest the WBA super heavyweight title as well as the IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight titles.

Pulev is bidding to become the first world heavyweight champion to hail from Bulgaria.

Pulev’s father, Venko Pulev, was a renowned heavyweight boxer in Bulgaria in the 1950s. Kubrat Pulev’s brother, Turvel, is also a heavyweight boxer and has won a European title.

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