Kate Abdo has labelled Bob Arum’s foul-mouthed rant about her as ‘entirely inappropriate’ after he took aim at the British broadcaster following Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s press conference on Wednesday.
Arum slammed Abdo for trying to arrange a face-off between the Gypsy King and Wilder in the boxing duo’s press conference before Saturday’s fight, shouting ‘f*** her’ twice when asked about her hosting the event.
Abdo took to Instagram the day after the row to give her perspective on things, insisting that a face-off was initially agreed upon – something Arum was vehemently against happening.
British broadcaster Kate Abdo (left) has responded to Bob Arum’s foul-mouthed rant at her
Fury’s promoter Bob Arum (above) slammed Abdo for her press conference performance
Abdo wrote on her Instagram story: ‘With regards to the faceoff – I was doing what we the broadcaster believed was agreed upon. But I think that’s kind of unimportant now.
‘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 his 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.’
Arum’s tempers flared during the press conference when Fury and Wilder, who have squared up to each other in previous press conferences, were preparing to face-off once again after Abdo suggested so, with the Gypsy King even putting down his microphone in preparation.
But Abdo stopped in her tracks while finishing her presenting job on the press conference and said: ‘No, I apologise, we’re not going to do it, no. Bob Arum says no.’
Arum was heard shouting from the press conference audience: ‘Not a good idea!’
The American lawyer and boxing promoter was then caught making the expletive rant about Abdo after the press conference had ended.
Abdo (middle) asked the heavyweights to face-off but an angry Arum then said no to the idea
‘They bring this woman in from the UK and she’s slanting all the press conference to Wilder,’ Arum shouted. ‘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.’
Manchester-born broadcaster Abdo is a familiar face in the sports broadcasting world, having fronted Sky Sports football shows, pay-per-view boxing coverage and transfer deadline day programmes.
Abdo is a well-known presenter in the UK and US from her work with Sky Sports and NBC
She then moved to Fox Sports to cover their European and English football coverage, while she also presented the American company’s Women’s World Cup programmes in 2015.
The 40-year-old has also presented several FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremonies and currently fronts NBC’s Champions League coverage and DAZN’s boxing shows. She is known for conducting and translating live interviews in multiple languages.
Wednesday’s press conference between Fury and Wilder saw sparks fly once again, with the Gypsy King calling the American boxer ‘weak’ after allegations over the Briton tampering with his boxing gloves during their second fight emerged again.
‘There’s something I need to say,’ Fury said on Wednesday. ‘Wilder said I only won the second fight because I cheated, but then he changes his whole team, trains as hard as he ever has.
The Fury-Wilder press conference saw sparks fly ahead of Saturday’s Las Vegas trilogy fight
‘I ask, if I only won because I cheated, what was the point of changing everything? No one can answer, so (you) have egg in your face.
‘He says he wants to do bad things to me and hurt me – for those who hold a hot coal with the intention of throwing it at somebody, they are the ones who get burned. I don’t want to hurt Deontay Wilder, I just want to beat him in a fight.
‘Guess what, after this fight you (Wilder) will be back at the fast food chain you were working at early in your career.’
Fury continued as the allegations were brought up again: ‘I knocked you out dosser. Jay Deas (part of Wilder’s team) – was he in on it too? He was in the room when I put the gloves on! I don’t need to defend titles, that’s for dossers like you.
Fury hit back at allegations from Wilder that he tampered with his gloves in their second fight
Wilder (above) took insults from Fury about his attire in Wednesday night’s press conference
‘You have come dressed like a tramp, dressed like me on a training day. You will only be remembered for getting knocked out by me. You are a loser and are being trained by a loser, so that makes two losers.’
Wilder, meanwhile, admitted he did not need to take on Fury for financial reasons and that his family are not concerned with the amount of fighting he is doing at the moment.
‘I don’t have to fight another day in my life,’ Wilder said. ‘I am good – can you (Fury) say the same thing? Nervous energy.
‘My family have an understanding, my children have an understanding, that daddy has a dangerous job – no other sport has claimed as many lives as boxing, they understand.’