Frank Warren claims Tyson Fury’s trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder is unlikely to happen this year and he could instead box in the UK.
Warren is Fury’s co-promoter and says the two camps have been unable to agree terms for a third between Wilder and the unbeaten WBC heavyweight king.
Warren hinted at problems financing the fight and says his focus is on securing a different opponent for Fury for the sake of his wellbeing.
The Gypsy King has not fought since dethroning Wilder in February and Warren says he needs to keep active to maintain his mental health.
“I don’t know whether that fight can be got on this year,” said the Queensberry Promotions chief.
“Not unless someone comes up with a serious truckload of money with guarantees that whatever they do come up with is real.
“We tried very hard, everybody concerned, promoters, both sides, Deontay’s side as well, we’ve worked very hard to try and make it happen, but it’s looking like it’s not going to happen and then there’s talk about getting it on next year.
“The situation is Tyson has been training since February, solidly since February, and he wants to fight this year.
“My concern is Tyson’s welfare and wellbeing and delivering this year what he wants, so he will fight this year whatever happens.”
Warren, who has the exclusive rights to promote Fury outside the US, claims the Traveller is open to fighting anywhere in the world.
“My plan, and everybody’s plan, is that Tyson fights this year by hook or by crook, whether it’s in Britain, the States, the Middle East, the Far East, wherever,” he told BT Sport .
“He will be out this year because that’s what he wants.”
Fury could sidestep Wilder and face Anthony Joshua next spring for the undisputed title and it is reported the American’s option for a third fight expires on December 31.
“Contractural commitments are what they are, but contracts don’t go on forever, so if the fight can’t be delivered during a contractural period then Tyson will move on, fight and maybe revisit it another time,” said Warren.
“The facts of the matter is and what matters to me and everyone around him is doing what Tyson wants to do.”
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