Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder faceoff host Kate Abdo hits back at Bob Arum

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Fury-Wilder press conference host Kate Abdo hits back at Bob Arum after X-rated criticism

The promoter launched into a diatribe after pulling the plug on a face-off (Pictures: Getty)

Presenter Kate Abdo has hit back at Bob Arum after the ‘disrespectful’ promoter aimed a foul-mouthed rant at her hosting skills following Wednesday night’s heated press conference between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.

The two heavyweights traded verbal blows on stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena ahead of their trilogy fight on Saturday night, though when mediator Abdo encouraged the fighters to face off right at the end the 89-year-old Arum leapt to his feet and yelled for it not to happen.

Fury seemed confused on stage as to why it was not taking place, though afterwards Arum insisted there was a prior agreement not to have the two men go face-to-face and unloaded on Abdo for trying to do it regardless.

Tyson Fury v Deontay Wilder - News Conference

Abdo had the tough task of moderating the two heavyweight giants (Getty)

‘They bring this woman in from the UK and she’s slanting all the press conference to Wilder. Like, I don’t give a damn but it’s obvious that that’s what she was doing,’ the legendary promoter angrily told journalists after the press conference.

‘And then she knew that the understanding was no face-off. [Wilder’s promoter] Tom Brown argued with Fox for no face-off, we said no face-off, and what does she say? “Now we’re gonna do a face-off.” F*** her and f*** them, there was no face-off and we saved the fight.’

But Abdo, a broadcasting veteran who fronted DAZN’s coverage of Anthony Joshua’s recent defeat to Oleksandr Usyk, has contested Arum’s claims that the face-off was scrapped in advance and criticised his language and lack of respect.

Writing on Instagram after the clip of Arum’s rant had circulated online, Abdo said: ‘With regards to the face-off – I was doing what we the broadcaster believed was agreed upon. But I think that’s kind of unimportant now.

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‘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.’

According to reporters at the press conference, Arum – who also told a journalist to ‘f*** off you little p****’ during the same interview – did seek out Abdo after his tirade to apologise for his poor choice of words.

Things threatened to boil over at times during the press conference (Getty)

Explaining why he did not want the face-off to happen rather more politely, Fury’s other co-promoter Frank Warren told Fight Hub TV: ‘My concern was that there’s no security there. The girl probably means well but I don’t think she’s a boxing person to just say, “Oh you two guys face off” and there’s no-one there.

‘You know where that’s going. We all know where that’s going. There’s gonna be a “bang” like that, someone comes off the stage, you’ve got no fight.

‘And just before that they were getting quite heated with their words, they were going backwards and forwards, so it was the correct thing to do and obviously I’m sure they’ll do something at the weigh-in, it will be a different scenario there because there will be some security in place.’


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