It did not take much for Top Rank CEO Bob Arum to snap on ESPN reporter Mike Coppinger.
Arum spoke with media at the Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder 3 press conference (watch highlights here) on Weds., Oct. 6, 2021. The conversation turned to Triller’s mismanagement of the Teofoimo Lopez vs. George Kambosos Jr. fight, which Matchroom Boxing will now promote.
“Here’s a kid, Teofimo, who wins the fight that nobody expected him to win,” Arum told reporters at the scrum. “He’s on top of the world and he hasn’t fought for over a year. That’s a criminal, criminal thing.
“Bob,” Coppinger interrupted, “It wouldn’t have went to purse bid if you would have paid him what he was looking for.”
That remark was enough to set off Arum, who earlier had screamed about presser emcee Kate Abdo, whom the executive had referred to as a “broad” before stating, “f—k her.”
Not cool of Arum. Kate does a great job https://t.co/FJPmnTJ0we— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) October 6, 2021
“Shut the f—k up, you little pr—k!” Arum shouted at Coppinger. “Yeah, you prick. Come on, get him out of here. Move him out of here.”
A security guard moved in shortly after to remove Coppinger.