Fury set to discuss opponents for September 2 fight date

Tyson Fury is meeting with Frank Warren in the coming week to discuss opponents for a potential stadium fight on September 2.

The heavyweight, who has been on holiday in Thailand, has been inactive since defeating Derek Chisora for a third time in December – since when Oleksandr Usyk has agreed to fight Daniel Dubois on August 26, Joe Joyce has pursued a rematch with Zhilei Zhang after losing to him in April, and plans to fight Anthony Joshua have again been abandoned.

Despite, in that context, a lack of marketable options, plans are in place for him to fight in the UK in a football stadium – as he did last year against Chisora and Dillian Whyte.

“Tyson is coming back from Thailand this weekend – he had a vacation – and he’ll be sitting with Frank and George Warren, and hopefully they’ll figure it out early next week,” Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum told ProBox TV. “I would like to see him fight in the UK, at the end of the summer. 

“September 2nd was a date that’s a great possibility. The weather should be terrific; people will be back from vacation. So we’ll see. But they’re going to be meeting with Tyson early next week.

“The UK, you can do a big stadium fight, which is really not the case in the United States. In the UK you can pack in 80,000, 90,000 people, and people are just happy to be there and they sing and they drink, and they watch a lot of the action on the screen. 

“It makes for an unbelievable evening. In the United States, I don’t know why, but we tend to do our fights in indoor arenas that sometimes seat as many as 18,000.”

Asked about the lack of appealing opponents free to fight Fury, Arum then responded: “That’s what they’re going to discuss with Fury this coming week. Once I mention an opponent it becomes a whole thing. 

“I’ve talked to Frank and George about possible opponents; they’ve talked to me. But ultimately it’s Fury who makes the decision.”