Story By: Anna Guran, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport
A Canadian boxer has been forced to apologise after posting a mocked-up photo of his Kazakh opponent as Borat wearing his famous green mankini.
Canadian boxer Stuart McLellan is preparing for his fight with Kazakhstani Zhanibek Alimkhanuly but has caused a stir after posting a photo of Alimkhanuly as Borat.
In the photo, McLellan can be seen raising his hands celebrating a victory while Alimkhanuly’s head has been edited onto a photo of Borat wearing a green mankini at the beach. He wrote underneath the post in a comment: “F*ck him its a hurt business & thats exactly what imma do to him. (sic)”
Pictures Credit: Golders/@janibek_alimkhanuly & Golders/@StuartMcLellan
Sacha Baron Cohen’s fictional character Borat was from Kazakhstan and many Kazakh’s reportedly find the character highly offensive.
McLellan reportedly took to social media to apologise in a now-deleted post after finding out that many of Alimkhanuly’s fans had been offended, writing: “I apologize to the Kazakhstan fans. I did not know they took such offense to Borat. I sincerely apologize to you. I merely wanted to offend my opponent not the entire country. (sic)”
McLellan (27-3-3, 11 KOs) will take on undefeated Zhanibek Alimkhanuly (6-0-0, 2 KOs) at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California tomorrow (17 August).
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