Boxing: Kubrat Pulev suspended for kissing female reporter

Heavyweight boxer Kubrat Pulev has been suspended by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), after kissing a female reporter without her consent.

On Sunday (NZ time), the Bulgarian was being interviewed by Vegas Sports Daily reporter Jenny SuShe, after his win over Bogdan Dinu in California.

Footage of the interview shows Pulev leaning in to forcibly kiss her. When he breaks away, Sushe laughs nervously, as Pulev thanks her for the interview and walks off camera.

"Jesus Christ," SuShe says, just before the camera cuts out.

SuShe is now taking legal action against Pulev and her lawyer has written to the CSAC, requesting it revoke the 37-year-old's boxing license.

"We take this incident seriously," CSAC deputy director of communications Veronica Harms said.

"Before he will be licensed to fight in California again, boxer Kubrat Pulev must appear in front of the commission and demonstrate that he will conform to this principle of respect."

Next CSAC hearing is scheduled in May, with SuShe planning to attend.

After revealing she planned to take legal action, SuShe said she felt "humiliated " and "embarrassed".

"Mid-interview he grabbed my face and kissed me," she said. "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."

Pulev has yet to apologise for his actions, claiming the pair are close friends.

The heavyweight contender has only one loss in 27 fights as a professional.