Tyson Fury's promoter Bob Arum has apologised to Kate Abdo following his foul-mouthed outburst at last week's pre-fight press conference.
To avoid the risk of the two heavyweight giants swinging punches three days before the bout actually took place, both camps had agreed beforehand that there would be no staged staredown.
Instead, the pair had their bitter altercation over microphones, spending 30 minutes insulting one another and verbally sparring over Deontay Wilder's claims they Fury had cheated in their second fight back in 2020.
But in an apparent mix-up, Abdo, who hosted the fight's Fox Sports broadcast in the US, was ordered by producers in her ear to call for a face-off between the two boxers.
Arum, 89, reacted furiously, scolding the TV star with accusations of being bias towards Wilder before shouting "f*** her" as tensions rose.
He continued to rant afterwards, slapping his hands while telling DAZN News: "We said no face-off.
"There was no face-off, and we saved the fight," he screamed.
However, speaking to iFL TV, the CEO of Top Rank was far more composed as he apologised and outlined his respect for Abdo, 40.
"As far as Kate is concerned, I was completely wrong," he said.
"We had made a deal with the FOX producer that was televising the event and the deal was made on behalf of Top Rank and PBC. And the producer agreed – no stare-down.
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"When she called for a stare-down, particularly after seeing the animosity verbally at that press conference, I exploded but it wasn't her fault.
"The producer reneged and she gets the instructions in her earpiece and she was told to order the stare-down.
"She is a terrific commentator, terrific reporter and she wasn't the one to whom I should have directed my ire, so I was completely wrong."
After the presser, Arum did reportedly apologise in person to Abdo, who also currently hosts UEFA Champions League football for the American sports television network CBS Sports.
To her credit, the Manchester born presenter kept calm during the furore, before taking to social media to outline her feelings on Arum's outburst.
"I think the language in this interview was entirely inappropriate. Of course, it’s disappointing to be disrespected by someone I respect," she wrote.
"But that’s life, not everyone will give you the courtesy you deserve."
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