Tyson Fury has no plans to come back to fight in London for the foreseeable future, with Kubrat Pulev emerging as a contender for him in New York in the autumn ahead of a lucrative rematch with Deontay Wilder next year.
After Fury beat Tom Schwarz in two rounds in Last Vegas over the weekend, promoter Frank Warren promised a top-five opponent with a fight scheduled for September 21 or October 5.
But under his ESPN deal, the Briton said he did not expect to return to the capital, where he last fought in 2015.
“The next few fights are definitely going to be in America,” said Fury after his win at at the MGM Grand for which he pocketed £10million. “For the foreseeable future, it’s the USA, for sure.”
The 38-year-old Pulev has emerged as an early front-runner for Fury’s third fight in a row on US soil. He has lost just one of his 28 fights, being knocked out by Wladimir Klitschko five years ago.
But whoever Fury faces next, the 30-year-old said the key was for it to not derail his bumper payday in resuming hostilities with Wilder, who next defends his WBC heavyweight belt against Luis Ortiz.
He said: “It’s up to both me and Deontay to do our jobs and make certain we don’t go the way of Anthony Joshua before we get back in the ring together again. I’m sure we won’t.
“And this time Deontay won’t be fighting the Gypsy King who had been out of the ring for years and just lost a ton of weight at the start of his comeback.”
Bob Arum, who has been helping to promote Fury in the United States, claimed after the Brit’s win at the weekend that Fury-Wilder II had the potential to be the richest fight in boxing.
And Joseph Parker, who lost to Joshua but had previously defeated his vanquisher in Andy Ruiz Jr, believes Fury has the edge going into any planned 2020 showdown.
Parker said: “My personal opinion is Fury will be a lot better obviously because that’s when he came [back from] his big off time.
“But I think Wilder as a champion will be a lot better as well and he put in a devastating performance against [Dominic] Breazeale and he will have a lot of confidence. For me, it will be a close fight but Fury is No1 for me.”