Australian heavyweight contender Demsey McKean had emerged as a frontrunner for a summer fight with Tyson Fury, following ‘The Gypsy King’s recent excursion down under.
Fury had made the trip to support team mate and friend Joseph Parker, who stopped Faiga Opelu in a round at the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne.
And reports of a summer showdown with McKean emerged almost the second Fury touched down in Australia, with the WBC champion revealing the Aussie was ‘one of the frontrunners’.
“McKean’s a top ten heavyweight and definitely one of the frontrunners. If the Oleksandr Usyk fight is happening it’d be great preparation because he’s southpaw also.”
However, promoter Eddie Hearn told IFL TV that a fight with IBF mandatory challenger Flip Hrgovic was more likely for McKean, although admitted ‘The Tower’ would “jump” at the opportunity to take on WBC world champion Fury.
“Demsey McKean would snap your hand off for it, he’s crying out for a big fight and we are close to making Demsey McKean against Filip Hrgovic.”
Many observers felt a summer fight with either McKean would make sense for Fury, as both are southpaws and as such would be solid preparation for an undisputed clash with Oleksandr Usyk in December.
Top Rank’s Bob Arum, one of Fury’s promoters, seemed to put ice on the possibility of either man getting the shot, however, when asked about the matter this week.
It still remains unclear whether or not Fury will have a fight over the summer at all, but in an unexpected turn of events it’s been revealed that Anthony Joshua has been sent a contract from Fury for a September fight at Wembley.