Bob Arum has admitted he was wrong to single out Kate Abdo in a rant after she tried to engineer a face-off between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
The British broadcaster bore the brunt of an outburst from the veteran promoter at a press conference last week, a few days before the trilogy bout.
Arum, who handles the business dealings for Fury in America, claimed Abdo showed apparent favouritism to 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 she was told to do.
He said: “As far as Kate is concerned, I was completely wrong. We had made a deal with the producer televising the weigh-in and the deal was made on behalf of Top Rank and PBC and the producer agreed no stare-down.
“And when she called for a stare-down, particularly after seeing the animosity, verbally, at that press conference, I exploded but it wasn’t her fault.
“The producer reneged and she gets the instructions in her earpiece and she was told to order the stare-down.
“She is a terrific commentator, terrific reporter and she wasn’t the one I should have directed my ire [towards] so I was completely wrong.”
Arum was filmed screaming ‘f*** her’ when discussing the lack of staredown after the press conference was over.
“They bring this woman in from the UK and she’s slanting all the press conference to Wilder,’ he shouted to gathered journalists. “Like I don’t give a damn, but it’s obvious what she was doing!
“And then, she knew that the understanding was: no face-off. Tom Brown argued with Fox, no face-off. We said, ‘No face-off’. What does she say? ‘Now we’re going to do a face-off?’
“F*** her. And f*** them. There was no face-off and we saved the fight.”
Abdo later responded with a statement on social media calling out the foul language.
“With regards to the face-off, I was doing what we the broadcaster believed we agreed upon, but I think that’s kind of unimportant now,” she wrote.
“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.
“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.”