Tyson Fury could perform a dramatic U-turn and fight Deontay Wilder for a third time.
Fury was adamant that he would not grant Wilder a rematch after their contract expired and was instead due to face Agit Kabayel in London on December 5.
But after cancelling his homecoming – and as a judge in America reviews his contract with Wilder – Fury could be forced to offer the American a chance to win back his belt.
“Tyson hasn’t been in the ring since defeating Wilder and he really didn’t want to be out for a full year or more and was eager to box again for his home fans,” Fury’s promoter Frank Warren told the Daily Mail.
“We did everything we could to get December 5 done but between Top Rank (Fury’s American promoters) and ESPN (his US television paymasters) we could not find a way to make it work without fans during the Covid pandemic.
“ESPN hold the TV contract rights over there to his forthcoming fights so it’s the US next for Tyson in late February or March.
“Although our priority has always been the big fight with Joshua, ideally that would be in the UK so we now await the judge’s findings in America with regard to Wilder. That is still a huge fight in its own right.”
Fury stopped Wilder in the seventh round in February and the rivals were due to meet again in July.
But the fight was postponed until first October and then December by the coronavirus pandemic.
And when a date could not be secured this year, Fury walked away.
And he doubled down on his intentions when Wilder made a string of accusations, including that Fury tampered with his gloves before their rematch.
“It’s not worth me looking at it now, it’s over. Deontay Wilder has tried to bring my character down with the bulls*** he’s said,” said Fury.
“If I was like the rest of the world I would probably sue him for defamation of character for about £100million but I’m not really interested in doing that sort of thing.
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“He’ll never get a shot at me, it’s finished, he’ll never… for what he’s said.
“Losing is one thing, everybody can lose to the better man on the night but to come out with the amount of bulls*** he’s come out with over the last eight months.
“He’s conveniently waited until the contract expired to open his mouth… he’s ridiculous.”