Tyson Fury has admitted he will not fight this year as his contract row with Deontay Wilder rumbles on.
Fury had been ready to confirm his homecoming fight against Agit Kabayel for the Royal Albert Hall on December 5.
But the announcement was delayed when Wilder took legal action over Fury’s decision to walk away from their trilogy fight.
A decision is expected this week but Fury has now tweeted: “The Gypsy King is returning in 2021. Only those that have supported me 100 per cent since my comeback will be with me for the glory.”
Fury’s update casts doubt over his assertion that he is no longer contracted to face Wilder for a third time.
Fury stopped his rival in the seventh round of their rematch in February to become a two-time heavyweight world champion.
Their trilogy bout was then pencilled in for July 18 before the coronavirus crisis pushed it back first to October and then to December.
But when a date could not be secured this year, Fury washed his hands of Wilder and claimed he was no longer obliged to grant him a shot at redemption.
Wilder and his team however have sought the advice of a retired lawyer who will this week determine the path ahead.
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren said: “I think there will be [news] next week as to what’s going on. Next week, we’ll know what the position is.
“He’s been training very, very hard, and he just wants to get back in the ring so we’re trying hard to make that happen.
“Unfortunately, because of the Covid and the finances for that particular fight, it wasn’t to be.
“We tried to make it again, and we tried to work on it, but it expired. I think it’s well known now that there’s a hearing going on.
“Something will be done in the States, and some decision will be made in the next week or so.”