Tyson Fury believes his rematch with Deontay Wilder is likely to be pushed back beyond the proposed February date due to the American’s other commitments.
It was announced on Tuesday that Fury will fight unbeaten Swede Otto Wallin on 14 September in Las Vegas, as he continues to build his US profile.
Meanwhile, Wilder is due to face Luis Ortiz in a rematch in November, but Fury does not think the Bronze Bomber will be ready to step into the ring again in February after going toe-to-toe with the Cuban for a second time.
The Gypsy King is keen to fight three times in 2019, so he too will then try and squeeze in another bout in December, which too could push back the Wilder bout still further.
‘After the Wallin fight, I think Wilder’s going to fight Ortiz in November, so I’ve heard,’ Fury told BT Sport.
‘So he isn’t going to be wanting to fight in February is he? So that fight looks like it’s being pushed back again.
‘So, after I beat Wallin, I’m looking into the future, my crystal ball, I’m going to fight again in December.
‘I want to fight back in England, though, in December, I know ESPN ain’t going to put me back out in December, but I will get one in England, because my uncle Frank will make it happen.
‘I’m allowed in my contract to have a fight in England. I’m not really too bothered where it is, as long as it’s in the UK and I can get out in December, I’ll be happy.
‘No 5am alarms, just good, old fashioned, 10pm prime time.’
Fury’s September opponent brings a 20-0 undefeated record into his scrap with the Brit, but is expected to bring him just about as much trouble as Tom Schwarz did in his last fight – very little.
However, Fury has been keen to make out that the 6’5″ Swede presents a serious challenge, saying: ‘Otto Wallin is a world-ranked fighter and is tall, something we want with the Deontay Wilder rematch around the corner.
‘He is also a southpaw, which will bring its own obstacles, but I will be fully focused to get this job done because the rematch needs to happen.’
Wallin added: ‘I know I’m an underdog in this fight, but I’m ready for this opportunity and I’m going to grab it with both hands.
‘Anybody can get beat and especially in the heavyweight division. I like the fact that I have everything to gain and Tyson has everything to lose.’
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