After Dereck Chisora pulled out of their hotly anticipated second fight, citing a fractured hand, unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury was left hunting for a new opponent.
Five days away from the contest, Fury and his team have been forced to search high and low for a dance partner, with an announcement yet to be made at the time of writing.
It is the third time a mega domestic dust-up that has evaded Fury, with two clashes against ex-world champion David Haye fall through last year.
But the 25-year-old called out an unusual opponent on social networking site Twitter.
He tweeted: “Told you all what would happen find me a real man to fight the furious1. @LucyBronze I want u punk.?”
The Manchester-born was aiming his tweet at Deontay Wilder, the American with 31 knockouts in as many fights, but instead tweeted England women’s international footballer Lucy Bronze – much to the hilarity of Twitter users.
Wilder’s boxing alias, the ‘Bronze Bomber,’ gives an indication of where Fury got his wires crossed in the embarrassing mix-up.
Fury promptly deleted the tweet and apologised to Bronze, though the Liverpool player saw the funny side of his mid-directed message: “Sorry to let everyone down, but I’m unavailable for a fight” was her belated response.
Follow up gag
Bookmaking giants Ladbrokes picked up on the gaffe and followed up with: “WHO’S YOUR MONEY ON?: @Tyson_Fury calls out #LFC ladies’ @LucyBronze after Del Boy pulls out! #TheBeliever.”
It’s fair to say come Saturday night Bronze won’t be in the opposite corner to Fury, though a few familiar faces are supposedly in the works.
The return of Audley?
Ex-Olympic goal medallist Audley Harrison is the most viable option given his geographical location. It barely represents a test for Fury, given he was knocked out by Wilder last time out and hasn’t fought in well over a year, though he does bring name value to the table.
If Harrison is the preferred option, there is also a question mark of whether the British Boxing Board of Control would ratify the contest due to his inactivity and the late nature of the call-up.
Tony ‘The Tiger’ Thompson might also be in contention. Despite a defeat to Carlos Takam of France a matter of weeks ago, Thompson is seen as a gatekeeper to top-level heavyweight boxing and twice upset Liverpool’s David Price, defeats which the Scouser is still recovering from.
Tickets for Saturday night’s card can be refunded through the point of purchase or can be exchanged for a touted rematch, with the likely date being set for September.