Promoter Bob Arum blasted British broadcaster Kate Abdo for the way she handled the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder press conference on Wednesday.
Abdo hosted the event — ahead of the pair’s heavyweight trilogy bout Saturday — and Arum accused her of being “totally prejudice” and “slanting all the press conference to Wilder.”
Arum also blasted Abdo for encouraging Fury and Wilder to face off — to which he reportedly jumped out of his seat and yelled, “No! No! No!”
The veteran promoter later expressed that he became concerned that Fury and Wilder wouldn’t be controlled due to the lack of security on stage.
“This is still a sport. In the ring, they can kill each other and beat the s–t out of each other. But before the fight, you’ve got to control them so they don’t do something like that,” Arum said, according to Yahoo Sports. Part of his rant was caught on video.
“You know that if they had done a faceoff here, they’d have shoved each other. There was no security up there. There was this broad [Abdo] egging them on. Because she’s with Fox, she was totally prejudiced [for Wilder], but Tyson wouldn’t let her get away with it. Who was going to stop anything?” he asked.
Arum claimed Top Rank and PBC officials agreed before the news conference not to have the fighters face off. He added that Abdo “knew that the understanding was no faceoff.”
“F–k her and F–k them and we saved the fight,” Arum claimed.
Abdo, though, said she was instructed otherwise.
“With regards to the faceoff — I was doing what we the broadcaster believed was agreed upon,” she tweeted. Abdo included a clip of Arum’s rant in her tweet.
“I have nothing but respect for Bob Arum and the empire he has created. I understand what he means to boxing and what this sport owes him,” she continued.
“I think the language in this interview was entirely inappropriate. Of course it’s disappointing to be disrespected by someone I respect. But that’s life, not everyone will give you the courtesy you deserve.”
On Saturday, Fury and Wilder will finally meet in the ring after their trilogy fight was stalled by COVID-19. The duo’s first fight ended in a split decision draw back in 2018. Their second meeting lasted seven rounds and Fury won by KO.