TYSON FURY will be back in the ring within three months and WILL face a “top-five” fighter.
That is according to his promoter Frank Warren, who insists the pair still want to secure a rematch with Deontay Wilder.
Speaking at the Royal Albert Hall last night on BT Sport, Warren said: “It was agreed that Fury will have a fight sometime in May or June.
“First of all we’ve got to sort out the venue and date. Then after that, I would like to see him have the rematch.
“He’s going to fight somebody who’s in the top five and that’s what he’ll do and then after that we’ll get to the [Wilder] fight.”
Fury and Wilder battled for the WBC heavyweight belt in December but the fight controversially ended in a draw.
And while both boxers seemingly want a rematch, negotiations so far have been unsuccessful.
The Gypsy King recently signed an £80million deal with the American promotional company Top Rank.
With Fury’s fights now being televised on ESPN in America, the move initially brought doubt on the chances of the rematch with Wilder due to their rival promoters.
A rematch – for now – is off and Wilder will face mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale.
Warren added: “That last show in the States [Wilder vs Fury], I wish that was my promotion, I’m not saying the judges were crooked or anything, only one judge was totally incompetent, but he [Fury] won that fight.
“Wilder’s got a mandatory to fight Breazeale – WBC called that, that’ll be Wilder’s next fight, once he gets through that he’s available to fight anybody.”
But for Fury, his next opponent is still unconfirmed.
With the various belts and rankings in the heavyweight division, there are ten potential men who could step into the ring with Fury next.
The standout name is British star Dillian Whyte, who knocked out Dereck Chisora in his last fight in December.
Luis Ortiz, Oscar Rivas and Manuel Charr are also on the list.
Warren said: “Everything’s got to be in Tyson’s best interest, that’s what it’s all about, you think where he’s come from a year ago to where’s he’s at. Give the man a break.
“It’s not like he’s not a fighter that don’t step up to the plate, he went to the States, he went to Germany to fight [Wladimir] Klitschko he deserves this.”