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Video: Boxing reporter gets kicked out of Golovkin-Martirosyan media event for Ronda Rousey ‘sh*t talk, click wh*ring’

One thing plenty of media members have learned is that if you rub an athlete the wrong way based on your critical analysis, you can burn bridges that often can never be rebuilt. It comes with the territory, unfortunately.

Longtime boxing reporter Elie Seckbach recently found that out firsthand after he was kicked out of a media event to promote the upcoming boxing match between Gennady Golovkin and Vanes Martirosyan, which goes down this weekend (Sat. May 5, 2018) in Carson, California.

In the video embedded above, you can see the moment Sevak Ohanjanian -- a member of Glendale Fighting Club, site of the presser — kicks Elie out of the media event and posts it all over Instagram to defend Ronda Rousey’s honor after Seckbach apparently had some less-than flattering words for the former UFC women’s Bantamweight champion.

Elie then took to his own YouTube Channel to explain what went down:

“I was invited to cover the press event for ‘GGG’ and Vanes Martirosyan. I’ve known ‘GGG’ and Vanes for many, many years both before they were very well known. Vanes I’ve had a great relationship with, same thing with ‘GGG,’ very respectful. I am cool with both of them. I walk into the gym and Vanes’ dad runs up to me, hugs me and introduces me to Vanes’ kids and his wife. Then this kid comes over, I don’t even know him, maybe I met him five years ago. I’m not sure of the guys name, but he was very nervous or agitated. Obviously looking back he was mad for Ronda. I understand, like I said we are very respectful, we keep it classy at these things. So this kid comes over, then comes back after two minutes and says ‘Come with me,’ takes out his camera and says, ‘You have to leave, get the F out.’ At first I thought it was a joke. If you watch my video and see my facial expressions, I thought it was a prank because in boxing gyms we always do pranks. But this kid was dead serious, don’t know his name and I don’t know who he is. But obviously he has some feelings toward Ronda. He’s looking out for her, they are friends, I get it. Like I said, I respect that he looks out for his friend. But here is my thing: I wasn’t there for Ronda, I wasn’t there for MMA and I wasn’t there for UFC. I was there to help promote a fight. We cover boxing, we love boxing. So he posted on his Instagram, very classy move, that shows a lot of class of course. And Ronda posted, ‘Now some people will learn,’ I am paraphrasing. She said ‘relationsships are more important than clicks.’ My answer to that is, listen I cover boxing and when you say you’re going to knock out Floyd (Mayweather), I’m sorry but I have to stand up for boxing. I have to defend the sport that I am passionate about and I cover. If you dish, you should be able to receive, don’t get mad. If a fighter doesn’t win two fights it’s not my fault. Like I said, no hard feelings we keep it moving. In fact, Edmond Tarverdyan, the head coach of the gym saw me recently at a fight and asked me if I could help out one of his fighters who is 5-0 and give him some shine. And I said absolutely.”

See Ronda’s response to the incident below:

Elie went on to reveal a previous run-in with Ronda at a studio in Los Angeles in which “Rowdy” told him she would not do any interviews with him because he wasn’t “big enough.”

Still, he doesn’t hold any grudges as it seems at least now she has taken the time to recognize him after this unfortunate incident to the tune of 600 million views.

All’s well that ends well?

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