Boxing fans”ought to be ashamed” of their response to fend Kubrat Pulev kissing female reporter Jennifer Ravalo, says dual Olympic champion Claressa Shields.
Ravalo said she had been”humiliated” by the episode, while boxing chiefs in California have suspended Pulev.
The 37-year-old Bulgarian has claimed the pair are friends.
Vegas Sports Daily’s Ravalo said she’d only met Pulev each day before the episode, which happened after he defeated Spartan Bogdan Dinu from the American city of Costa Mesa past Saturday.
Ravalo, that works under the name Jenny SuShe, additionally alleged Pulev”captured both of my buttocks and then squeezed together with both of his hands”.
Her lawyer, Gloria Allred, claimed”the said attack was criminal and unwelcome” and the boxer was ordered to appear before the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), which says it”takes this episode badly”.
American Shields said that the”boxing fans giggling saying she should suck it upshe liked it… she asked about it, she’s doing it to get the money” if”be ashamed of themselves”.
“I am not saying Pulev ought to be sentenced to 20 years in jail, or some other jail time at all,” added that the 24-year-old unbeaten IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight champion.
“He also needs to be held accountable, even if answerable means paying her, or apologising, and just allowing it to be understood he knows what he did was wrong”
Another photo of Ravalo, allegedly showing her sitting thankfully using Pulev’s team in a post-fight party, has additionally been circulated widely on social networking, together with a picture of her allegedly sitting on the lap of a member of Pulev’s camp – both supposedly after the kissing episode.
These were published on a Facebook account called Pulev Sport.
Pulev has yet to comment on Ravalo’s allegations, though he did issue a statement playing the episode back after footage of this kiss emerged earlier this week.
“Jenny is in fact a friend of mine and, following the meeting, I was so elated that I gave her a kiss,” he explained.
“After that evening, she connected me and my other friends in my post-fight celebration”