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The Gyspy King is looking to return to the ring around March and had been set to fight Dillian Whyte to defend his WBC title.

 

Tyson Fury is set to look for an alternate opponent after talks with Dillian Whyte were unable to advance.

 

Promoter Frank Warren has confirmed that talks between the two parties have stalled because of Whyte’s ongoing arbitration with the WBC.

 

 

The arbitration, which ironically stems from the delay in giving the British fighter his heavyweight title shot, has made it impossible for the two parties to agree on a purse for the fight.

 

 

The arbitration is due to begin in March, with hopes of a resolution later in the year.

 

 

Speaking on future events in March and April, Warren stated that Fury – who does not want to be inactive – will fight soon after the new year, but is unsure on his opponent.

 

 

Speaking to IFL TV, he said: “I am pretty confident one of those shows will feature Tyson Fury, but he won’t be defending his WBC title. There’s a problem there that is not of our making or his.

 

 

“WBC and Dillian Whyte are in arbitration and that hearing isn’t set to be heard until March.

 

 

“We can’t negotiate, it’s all well and good with Eddie Hearn and his nonsense about negotiating – how can you do that when the WBC have not said what the splits are?

 

 

“In his mind, he thinks he’s getting 45%, in our mind he’s getting 20% – based upon the purses of his previous bouts under WBC regulations.

 

 

“Until the arbitration, we cannot negotiate. And that doesn’t mean the fight is going to take place in April – we have to negotiate, book a venue.

 

 

“Tyson will fight, but not for the WBC title.”

Two men who could be considered for a fight with Fury could be Andy Ruiz Jr or Joseph Parker.

 

The two were mentioned earlier this week by Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum.

 

Parker has been close friends with Fury for years, with the two training together ahead of Fury’s third bout with Deontay Wilder and Parker’s recent win over Chisora.

 

 

Ruiz Jr, meanwhile, has fought just once since his rematch against Anthony Joshua two years ago.

 

 

The American has been rumoured to fight Wilder in Mexico, but could earn himself a shot at the title should a fight with Fury be agreed.

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