Netease Sports reported on October 17:
In December of this year, British heavyweight champion Joshua will compete with Bulgaria’s famous
In an interview earlier this week, when asked about the advantage of heavyweight opponent Joshua, Pulev said: "His advantage? I have to say, there is no denying that he has a strong impact. . As for his advantage? That is his dark skin, his skin is better than mine."
At a time when many sports stars are contributing to the "Black Life is Life" movement, Pulev's remarks naturally caused an uproar. In addition to Joshua's accusation of racial discrimination and his intention to sue his opponents, many
Seeing a crowd of boxing fans attacking him, Pulev issued a statement denying racial discrimination against Joshua. He said that he would not speak ill of his opponents because of their ethnic background. "Under no circumstances will I allow myself to show disrespect to others because of race, ethnicity, or religion. Each of us has equal rights when born on this earth of you. It does not matter what kind of skin color it is. "
"What I can't believe is that my remarks about Joshua are taken out of context. I have never slandered an athlete because of his skin color. You know, there are people of different races among my friends. They are great, respectable people, and very friendly. They are friends of my life. I respect and love them. If anyone is offended by what I say, I hope they can try to understand what I mean. If they don’t, Then please accept my sincere apology."
What’s interesting is that in October this year, Joshua celebrated his 31st birthday. Plev also wished Joshua a happy birthday. “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate him, wish him happiness and health, and send blessings today more than ever. Time is more valuable."
Although defending and responding to his own remarks, many boxing fans do not buy it, because Pulev is a person with "experience". In 2019, after the match, Plev was interviewed and forced to kiss a female journalist. His boxing license was revoked by the California Athletic Commission, and he was fined $2,500 and ordered to participate in a sexual harassment prevention course to pay for his actions.