Tyson Fury instructed promoter Ben Shalom “he will surely be preventing” in early 2022 but has no opponent teed up, it has been revealed.
The WBC heavyweight winner joined BOXXER promoter Shalom at ringside on Saturday night time as Fury’s cousin Hosea Burton suffered a battling defeat to Dan Azeez in their British title fight.
Fury has emerged as the No 1 heavyweight in the environment after two demolitions of Deontay Wilder, but the WBC has nevertheless not introduced Dillian Whyte as his obligatory challenger, leaving him without having a verified opponent for a swift return.
“He told me that he will undoubtedly be preventing in February or March but won’t know who it will be in opposition to,” Shalom explained to Sky Sporting activities.
“It is really out of Tyson’s palms.
“But he does want to combat in February or March, no matter whether it is against Dillian or not.
“He is adamant about that.”
Shalom added about Fury: “He is a great male. We are both from Manchester and we know the exact people today. We have a related understanding.
“It was good to see him at our show. He is very supportive.”
Anthony Joshua has triggered a rematch clause to try to claw again the IBF, WBA and WBO titles he shed to Oleksandr Usyk following a unanimous conclusion decline in September.
That narrows down the selections for Fury, who instructed Sky Sports on Saturday: “I’m not truly fascinated, mainly because to be sincere it isn’t going to actually make a great deal feeling who I want to combat at this moment.
“It really is who’s out there and what helps make feeling later on on.”
Whyte has advised Sky Sports about chasing down Fury: “Hopefully now he’s acquired no alternative. What’s he going to do? Toss the belt in the bin and run absent from more income than he acquired to combat Wilder?
“He explained he was likely to combat me following he beat Wilder, then he ran absent. Let us see what he does.”
Prime Rank’s Bob Arum, who promotes Fury in the US, beforehand informed Sky Sporting activities: “It is really, quite vital that Tyson, having done his past 5 fights in the US, that he goes again and does a struggle in the British isles.”
Britain’s undefeated contender Joe Joyce was also proposed as an opponent by Arum.
“Joyce will battle everyone,” Joyce’s management SJAM advised Sky Sports activities. “He’s never ever turned down a battle and now he’s prepared for the serious elite of heavyweight boxing.
“He’s No 1 with the WBO and No 2 with the WBC and he wants to acquire belts. I’m speaking to his promoters [headed by Frank Warren] frequently and they know what our objectives are.
“A combat with a boxer of Fury’s high-quality is some thing he would relish.
“Joe’s sturdiness and motor are a match for any person in the sport.”