Bob Arum admitted he was wrong to single out Kate Abdo in a rant after she tried to create a face-to-face meeting between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
The British broadcaster took the brunt of the veteran promoter’s blast at a press conference last week, days before the trilogy fight.
Abdo was closely examined by Arum
Arum, who handles trade relations for Fury in America, claimed that Abdo showed apparent favoritism towards the “Bronze Bomber” during the press conference.
During an interview with iFL TV, Arum said he shouldn’t have directed his anger at the former Sky Sports presenter for doing what he was told to do.
He said: “As far as Kate was concerned, I was completely wrong. We had a deal with the producer who aired the weigh-in and the deal was made on behalf of Top Rank and PBC and the producer agreed not to look down.
“And when she called for a downcast look, especially after seeing the animosity, verbally, at that press conference, I exploded but it wasn’t her fault.
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The veteran promoter didn’t mince his words
“The producer disowned and she got the instructions in her headset and was told to order the look down.
“She’s a great commentator, a great journalist and she wasn’t the one I should have directed my anger with [towards] so I was completely wrong.
Arum was filmed yelling “f *** her” while discussing the lack of staring after the press conference ended.
“They’re bringing this woman over from the UK and she’s tilting the whole press conference on Wilder,” he shouted to the assembled reporters. “How I don’t care, but it’s obvious what she was doing!”
“And then she knew the deal was: no face-to-face. Tom Brown had an argument with Fox, no confrontation. We said: ‘No face to face’. What does she say? “Now are we going to go face to face?” “
“F *** her. And fuck them. There was no face to face and we saved the fight.
Abdo then responded with a social media statement calling for foul language.
“As far as the showdown, I was doing what we, the broadcaster, thought we agreed to, but I think it’s not important now,” she wrote.
“I have nothing but respect for Bob Arum and the empire he created.
“I understand what he represents for boxing and what the sport owes him.
“I think the language in this interview was totally inappropriate. Of course, it’s disappointing to be looked down upon by someone I respect. But that’s life, not everyone will give you the courtesy you deserve.
Twitter : @kate_abdo
Abdo expressed his disappointment at Arum’s word choice in a social media statement, for which Arum has publicly apologized.