Tyson Fury is due to fight on December 5 with Deontay Wilder originally due to make their storied rivalry a trilogy, however, with murmurings that the American isn’t interested, Fury’s opponent is currently unknown.
Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has spread news of a two-fight deal being struck by both his client Anthony Joshua and the ‘Gypsy King’, scheduled for 2021, a fight that, given the belts are still held by both parties, could change the landscape of the heavyweight division for a very long time.
AJ has made it no secret of his desire to be undisputed heavyweight champion, and neither has Hearn for that matter, and quite frankly, what better ‘clash of the titans’ style fight is there for such an occasion.
Should this fight take place and a victory were to happen, it would mark the first undisputed heavyweight champion since the days of Lennox Lewis.
So that brings us to the ‘small’ matter of December 5, with an unlikely Wilder bout, and AJ pencilled in for next year, it’s anybody’s guess…
However, here are our five suggestions for Fury and Frank Warren to consider.
Dereck Chisora – 32-9
Some might put forward fellow heavyweight Dereck Chisora for a chance to take on the ‘Gypsy King’ if he is able to produce a convincing victory over Oleksandr Usyk on October 31. That, and the fact that Chisora himself believes he is owed a third fight by Fury.
Chisora has gone on record as saying: "I think it would be a great fight to have with 'The Gypsy King', because he's always promised me a third fight. He owes me anyway, because we speak every day, and he owes me that fight.
"He's always saying he wants to give me another fight, so he's a man of his word, so that would be the fight I would like to have."
With a relatively short list of big-name heavyweights to choose from at present, 32-year-old Fury will want someone who can help sell a pay-per-view event, worthy of a show.
However, due to his fight next weekend against Usyk, it's highly unlikely he'll step foot into the ring again in December.
Lucas Browne – 29-2
Australian fighter Lucas Browne has voiced his desire for a clash with the 6'9 heavyweight and is a legitimate contender by all accounts.
He revealed in an interview: "As I said, it would be an absolute honour to share the ring with him, I would be going in there to knock him out, that would be the plan.
"I could be losing 11 rounds and still knock you out with one punch in the 12th and that's why I am always going to be dangerous no matter what."
David Price – 25-7
David Price is next on the potential candidates list.
The scouser actually defeated Fury back in 2006 during an amateur bout and went on to represent Team GB as a super-heavyweight at the 2008 Olympic Games... ahead of Fury.
Carlos Takam – 39-5-1
Next is Carlos Takam; a more unlikely candidate truth be told. Not really the big-name cash cow Fury may be looking for. At age 39, although in tremendous shape, he may not be able to match the comparative youth Fury has on his side.
Razvan Cojanu – 17-7
Razvan Cojanu could be in with a shout after his stock soared after going 12 rounds against then-world champ Joseph Parker, however, that’s perhaps all there was to shout about to be honest.
Dempsey McKean – 18-0
Dempsey McKean, anybody?
He's a largely unknown Australian, but to be fair to him, he is unbeaten with a relatively impressive record of 18-0.
So, as you can see, the pickings are slim at present, but let’s see if Fury has a trick or two up his sleeve, it’s happened before!
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