Bob Arum admitted he was wrong to single out Kate Abdo in a rant after she tried to set up a showdown between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
The British broadcaster took the brunt of the veteran promoter’s explosion at a press conference last week, days before the trilogy fight.
Arum, who manages Fury’s business relationship in America, claimed that Abdo displayed 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: “Regarding Kate, I was completely wrong. We had a deal made with the producer who aired the weigh-in and the deal was made on behalf of Top Rank and PBC and the producer agreed to don’t 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.
“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 gathered reporters. “How I don’t care, but it’s obvious what she was doing!”
“Besides, 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 up. 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 a little irrelevant now,” she wrote.
“I have nothing but respect for Bob Arum and the empire he created.
“I understand what he means 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.