Kubrat Pulev In The Mist Of Sexual Assault Claims
By: Hans Themistode
Heavyweight title contender Kubrat Pulev (27-1, 14 KOs) is coming off a huge win when he knocked out Bogan Dinu at The Hanger in Costa Mesa California. It was the seventh straight win for Pulev since suffering a knockout loss at the hands of former champion Wladimir Klitschko.
We should all be discussing how much of a threat he is to WBC title holder Deontay Wilder, unified champion Anthony Joshua and Lineal champion Tyson Fury. Instead he is currently in the news for reasons other than just boxing.
Shortly after his victory, Pulev was interviewed by Jennifer Ravalo who is also known as Jenny Sushe. There was nothing out of the ordinary about the interview. The questions Ravalo was asking were very professional. After such a dominant performance by Pulev, Ravalo like many of us wanted to know who could be possibly next.
“If Tyson Fury gets through Tom Schartz do you think that you should get a shot?” Asked Ravalo.
Pulev’s reply was a simple one.
With the kind of performance he just had, the thought of a Fury vs Pulev matchup is a tantalizing one. That thought however is the furthest thing from everyones mind at the moment. Shortly after stating that he would be interested in a showdown with Fury, Pulev grabbed the face of Ravalo, leaned in close and gave her a huge kiss on the lips.
Pulev was all smiles afterwards. He even chuckled as he walked off. Ravalo was cheerful as well. She had a huge smile on her face but you could tell that she was uncomfortable with what just happened. When taking a closer look at the kiss, as soon as Pulev releases her she immediately backed away and seemed completely caught off guard.
Ravalo would later reveal that after the interview she walked over to a table to put her items away in her bag to get ready to leave. It was at that moment that she says Pulev came up to her from behind and squeezed her backside. He then walked away without saying anything and laughed.
Determined to not let Pulev’s unprofessional behavior ruin her work experience she attended an after party with the thought of interviewing more fighters while there. Pulev also attended the party. Ravalo stated that he acted as though nothing happened. When the party was finishing up Pulev approached Ravalo and asked if she could delete the footage of what he had done.
“He asked me to remove the kiss from the interview. I did not remove it and instead I 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 are not in a romantic relationship. He had no right to kiss me.”
Ravalo isn’t taking this situation lightly as she has hired known women’s right attorney Gloria Allred. To make matters even worse Pulev was told that he would not be licensed to fight in the state of California until he appeared in front of the California State Athletic Commission. Boxing however should be the least of his concerns at the moment.
What turned into a night that should have resulted in Pulev being praised for his exploits in the ring has turned into a condemnation of what he has done outside of it.
Anthony Joshua To Face Kubrat Pulev In Wales
By: Sean Crose
The last time many American fans may have seen heavyweight Kubrat Pulev was when Wladimir Klitschko torched the man in thunderous fashion back in their 2014 heavyweight title bout. It was a major battle, as Pulev was undefeated and deserving of the shot. Still, he proved no match for the long reigning champion that day in Germany. Pulev has been active since that time, however, facing, and besting, the likes of Samuel Peter and Derek Chisora. Now, close to three full years removed from his devastating loss to Klitschko, the 25-1 Bulgarian will once again be challenging for the heavyweight crown.
For Pulev will face none other than Anthony Joshua, the 19-0 reigning heavyweight king, on October 28th in Wales. Many had hoped, or even assumed, that Joshua would be fighting Klitschko himself for the second time, as the Englishman had overcome the former champion in brilliant fashion earlier this year in front of eighty thousand people in England. Klitschko, however chose retirement over facing his conqueror twice. And that left the door wide open for Pulev, who is the number one ranked IBF challenger, to get his second shot at supremacy.
Needless to say, the man will have his work cut out for him. Joshua has won all of his fights by knockout, after all. What’s more, the Englishman proved he could hang with top level competition when he got off the mat to overcome Klitschko last spring. In other words, Joshua is more than just a hard puncher with an Adonis-like physique. He’s a talented new breed supersized heavyweight who has more than simple size and strength in his arsenal. Pulev, though, is no slouch himself. The fighter has an effective, often probing, jab and a strong straight right. Whether or not that will be enough to meet the aggression, underrated footwork and finishing power of Joshua remains to be seen. Joshua, as Klitschko proved, can be sent off his feet.
There’s little doubt, though, that Joshua is THE rising star in boxing right now. He might not be as established as Canelo Alvarez or Manny Pacquiao at the moment, but the fighter is enormously popular in England and appears to be on the cusp of gaining an international fandom. The heavyweight powerhouse has expressed serious interest in the fighting in United States, but for the moment will settle on Great Britain, where he’s known to pack in thousands. Sure enough, 80,000 spectators gathered to see Joshua fight Klitschko in his last title defense. This time the man can possibly fill over 70,000 seats when he meets Pulev at Principality Stadium in the Welsh capital of Cardiff, leaving little room for argument that Joshua is now one of the biggest draws in boxing.