Queensberry Promoter, Frank Warren, has ruled out another opponent as Tyson Fury continues his search for a summer dance partner, having not fought this year.
Fury has been linked to a host of heavyweights, from unified champion Oleksandr Usyk, to the previously banned, Jarrell Miller, and everyone in-between.
With a lot of the division tied-up in fights of their own, Eddie Hearn, promoter of rival firm, Matchroom, offered Filip Hrgovic as an opponent, who has made it clear he’s ready to step in and face Fury.
Hrgovic is currently ranked No. 1 with the IBF and has yet to taste defeat in his 15 fights as a professional.
However, in an interview with iFL TV, Warren has rejected any chance of Fury taking on the Croatian – instead suggesting that Anthony Joshua should fight Hrgovic.
“It would be easy for him to make Hrgovic against his own man [Joshua], like we do. We put Joe Joyce in with Daniel [Dubois], why don’t they do that?
Am I open to it [Fury-Hrgovic]? No, not really, why would I want to do them [Matchroom] any favours? Hrgovic is a great opponent for Joshua, and it shouldn’t be hard to make, they’re in the same stable.”
Warren has made no secret of the fact they were hoping Joshua would be the man to face Tyson next, and has admitted finding a suitable opponent has become problematic with ‘AJ’ deciding not to derail his Dillian Whyte and Deontay Wilder plans for a clash with ‘They Gypsy King’.
Saudi Arabia are planning to host the undisputed fight between Fury and Usyk this December. A ‘premium offer’ is expected soon, and it’s hard to imagine Fury will go into arguably the toughest fight of this career having been out of the ring for a year.