Tyson Fury could take on familiar face in March as Bob Arum names two options
Tyson Fury has two potential options for a March bout while he waits for Dillian Whyte to end his legal wrangle with the WBC, promoter Bob Arum has said.
The governing body ordered the Gypsy King to take on his fellow British boxer next, after they named him their mandatory challenger.
But Whyte has now taken the WBC to arbitration after arguing that he is owed more money in terms of purse splits.
Fury wants to fight again in March to keep himself active, but Whyte's arbitration date has been set for the same month meaning he is unlikely to be able to take part.
The Gypsy King's ultimate goal is to take on the winner of the rematch between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk in a bid to become the undisputed heavyweight champion.
But it seems he will have to complete two fights before being able to arrange that, now that Whyte has been delayed.
According to his US promoter Bob Arum, there are two names who stand out in terms of people who could step in to take on the WBC champion.
Robert Helenius of Finland is one of the options, after he impressed while fighting on the undercard of Fury's Las Vegas trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder.
And the other is Andy Ruiz Jr, who produced one of the biggest upsets in recent years when he beat Joshua in 2019, before AJ took his belts back in a rematch a few months later.
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"Frank Warren and I are looking for another opponent to do Fury's fight in Manchester or in Las Vegas, depending on who the opponent is," Arum told iFL TV.
"So we're looking at Andy Ruiz as a possibility, he's available.
"This big Finnish kid, who looked very good on the semi-wind up on the Fury-Wilder card, Helenius, big, big Finnish kid, who can really fight.
"Those are the two principal guys. I guess if it's Helenius we do it in the UK and if it was Ruiz, we do the fight in Las Vegas."
The location of Fury's next bout has been of long-term interest, as the Briton has boxed in the US for each of his last five fights and has not appeared in a UK bout since 2018.
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He has been touted for a UK homecoming, but that would go against Arum's wishes of continuing the Stateside streak.
"I'd love to do his next fight in the United States, Frank wants to do a fight for him in the UK and I'm all in with that," Arum continued.
"And Tyson I think prefers to do his next fight in Manchester, but I really think that we're gonna have to take a look at the whole situation.
"The pandemic is the big actor here. If it continues, I know [the UK] has shut down all sports in the month of January, and that could continue into February and March.
"And if that looks like it's going to happen, I think we're not gonna shut down in the United States, particularly not Nevada which has a big tourist economy."
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