TYSON FURY’S American promoter admits he was “completely wrong” for launching a foul-mouthed sexist rant at boxing presenter Kate Abdo.
But Bob Arum stopped short of saying sorry for his explosive outburst at the British broadcaster after she called for an on-stage face-off between Fury and Deontay Wilder before their world heavyweight title showdown in Las Vegas.
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Bob Arum admitted he had been wrong to launch his tirade at her[/caption]
Arum, 89, had also accused former Sky Sports presenter Abdo of being biased towards Wilder.
But he told iFL TV: “As far as Kate is concerned, I was completely wrong.
“We had made a deal with the producer televising the weigh-in and agreed no stare-down.
“So when she called for a stare-down, particularly after seeing the fighters’ animosity, verbally, at that press conference, I exploded. But it wasn’t her fault.
‘The producer reneged and she gets the instructions in her earpierce and she was told to order the stare-down.
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“She is a terrific commentator, terrific reporter and she wasn’t the one I shouldn’t have directed my ire so I was completely wrong.”
Abdo had criticised Arum for disrespecting her after he fumed: “They bring this woman in from the UK and she’s slanting all the press conference to Wilder.
“And then, she knew the understanding was no face-off. What does she say? ‘Now we’re going to do a face-off!’
“F*** her. There was no face-off and we saved the fight.”