The final press conference before the trilogy fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder became slightly tenser after host Kate Abdo suggested a face-off.
In the conference, streamed by BT Sport, the two boxing rivals were quick to exchange heated remarks. Directing the conversation towards Deonaty’s allegations that Fury had cheated in their last bout, The Bronze Bomber said he had no regrets.
“I don’t regret it, I will go to my grave believing in what I believe in. I know things for fact. I have confirmation.” He answered. “One thing about it, men lie, women lie, but your eyes don’t lie – what you see.”
Asked how he felt about the accusations against him, Fury responded: “I don’t care because it’s obviously coming from an unwell person.”
“He accused me of everything; his team, trainer, the suit, injuries, the Athletic State Commission of Nevada, the ref, whoever else,” Fury went on, “If you’d have come out with one of these excuses then it would have been believable, but not fifty of them.”
“And he can believe what he wants. What it tells me is that he’s a weak, mental, little person, who I’m going to knock spark out on Saturday night.”
Abdo later called on the two fighters for a customary pre-fight face-off, but was quickly denied by Fury’s promoters Bob Arum and Frank Warren.
Arum later said that Abdo was brought in by Fox, and therefore bias towards Deontay. He said that the understanding was not to have a face-off and that they saved the fight by stopping it, adding: “F**k her”.
Bob Arum incredibly critical of @kate_abdo. Says she was biased towards Deontay Wilder and knew they weren’t having a face off.
“F*** her.” #FuryWilder3 pic.twitter.com/kKRKfnp9vc
— Greg Rosenstein (@grosenstein) October 6, 2021
Issuing a statement in response, Abdo said she had “nothing but respect for Bob Arum” but thought the “language in this interview was entirely inappropriate”.
— Kate Abdo (@kate_abdo) October 7, 2021
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