Tyson Fury and his management tried to fight five other heavyweights before settling on little-known Swedish southpaw Otto Wallin.
An official announcement of Fury’s second fight under the Top Rank banner is expected soon with Wallin emerging as the frontrunner.
Fury’s promoters and television network, ESPN, wanted The Gypsy King to take on an American to boost his profile in the States following a two-round destruction of Tom Schwarz in June.
News that Wallin is primed to be the next man to stand in the opposite corner from Furydisappointed fans but the Englishman’s trainer, Ben Davison, has explained the difficulty trying to secure a big-name match-up.
“There was names being chucked about, offers going about. It was very difficult,” Davison told BT Sport.
“You’ve got Al Haymon [at] PBC, you’ve got Top Rank, DAZN with Joshua and that. They all want to keep their heavyweights for who they’ve got.
“I know that [Kubrat] Pulev is in a situation for the IBF mandatory, he’s not going to take that fight [against Tyson Fury], didn’t want to take that fight.
“An offer got put out to Alexander Povetkin – he took the Hughie [Fury] fight. It’s difficult, y’know.
“Tyson said that he wanted [Jarrell] Big Baby Miller – he wasn’t going to get his licence in time (after a drugs offence).
“He then said Trevor Bryan, who signed to fight Manuel Charr. It’s very difficult.
“Adam Kownacki, he’s with PBC. Obviously [Anthony] Joshua and [Andy] Ruiz [Jr] are having their rematch. It was difficult. Luis Ortiz and Deontay Wilder [are having a rematch].”
Fury’s next blockbuster clash is set to take place in the new year when he rematches WBC champion Deontay Wilder, with whom he drew last December.
“It’s no secret that Tyson and Deontay are looking to fight in the early part of next year,” Davison added.
“So it wasn’t the be all and end all because the big fights are around the corner.”
KUBRAT PULEV – Currently IBF mandatory and would be unwilling to risk that position with a title shot due soon
ALEXANDER POVETKIN – Signed to fight Tyson’s cousin, Hughie, on August 31 in London
JARRELL MILLER – Unknown whether the American would get a boxing licence after the New York State Athletic Commission stripped him of his licence in April due to adverse findings in random drug tests in the build-up to a June 1 bout with Anthony Joshua
TREVOR BRYAN – Has reportedly agreed terms to fight WBA regular champion Manuel Charr after the governing body ordered the bout in May
ADAM KOWNACKI – Contracted to PBC and, if Ruiz Jr is stripped of the IBF title for not fulfilling mandatory obligations, is expected to take on Pulev for the belt