TYSON FURY wants to return as early as February and will decide his next opponent when Oleksandr Usyk’s future is determined.
Fury promoter Bob Arum admitted that fighting Usyk for the undisputed title was their preferred option.
But after Anthony Joshua’s loss to the Ukrainian, he chose to invoke his right to an immediate rematch.
Arum is still hopeful that AJ can be convinced to step back and allow Fury to take on Usyk, but will look like Dillian Whyte in the probable event that that is not possible.
The promoter told reporters in Las Vegas: “Here’s the story, the ball is now in Joshua’s court.
“Joshua can step back and let Usyk fight Fury. What Joshua can say no, I have to fight Usyk, and I have a contract.
“So once Joshua decides, if he decides he’s going to fight Usyk, so Fury is looking for an opponent.
“I spoke to him today, and if Whyte is reasonable, when it comes to his money, happy to fight him. Otherwise, we’ll fight Joe Joyce.”
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Joshua, 32, is set to face Usyk, 34, by April and talks to formally finalize him are expected to begin.
Meanwhile, Fury, 33, has been linked with Whyte, also 33, who is the “interim” WBC champion and in turn the mandatory challenger.
But his existing lawsuit against the WBC, aimed at forcing his late title shot, actually kept him from being ordered to challenge the belt.
Arum reassured even without being mandated by the WBC, Whyte could still fight Fury, instead on a voluntary basis.
And the legendary promoter has revealed that the undefeated Gypsy King wants to return in four months at the latest.
He said: “I’ve spoken to Tyson Fury – he wants to fight again by the end of February, no later than the first week or so in March. It will happen.”
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