Bob Arum is not happy with Kate Abdo.
The veteran promoter was angered after the broadcaster attempted to make the fighters face off following the press conference. Kate Abdo called out Bob Arum for his comments, calling them “entirely inappropriate” following the final press conference for Saturday’s world heavyweight title fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.
“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.
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.
See Arum’s rant below:
Bob Arum incredibly critical of @kate_abdo. Says she was biased towards Deontay Wilder and knew they weren’t having a face off.
— Greg Rosenstein (@grosenstein) October 6, 2021
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And Kate’s response below:
— Kate Abdo (@kate_abdo) October 7, 2021
“With regards to the faceoff — I was doing what we the broadcaster believed was agreed upon,” she tweeted.
“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.”
This definitely takes away from the fight, which takes place on Saturday.
Arum should know to keep the focus on the fighters…