Tyson Fury vow to fight in 2020; with or without Deontay Wilder

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Tyson Fury is open to fighting a new opponent in the UK before the end of this year, if the Deontay Wilder trilogy is delayed.

WBC heavyweight champion Fury is contracted to a third fight with Wilder and has agreed financial terms for two meetings with Anthony Joshua, set for 2021, to decide an undisputed ruler.

But those plans were interrupted when Top Rank’s Bob Arum, Fury’s US-based promoter, told ESPN that the targeted date for the third fight with Wilder of December 19 would be pushed into 2021 because it clashed with American football games.

Asked if Fury would welcome a fight in the UK against a different opponent to stay busy this year, his trainer Sugarhill Steward exclusively told Sky Sports: “I would like Tyson to fight, PERIOD!

“If a fight can be made for Tyson this year then let’s have at it.”

Fury earlier told TalkSport: “I’m very ready to fight but the problem is I keep hearing different stories about what’s supposed to be happening in my career.

“I’m supposed to be boxing on December 19 in Las Vegas against Deontay Wilder in a trilogy, and I keep hearing different stories every two days about what’s going on.

“Recently I read a story that they’re trying to bring it forward a week or bring it back a week or whatever, but the one thing I want to announce to the world is I will be fighting in December, whether it’s Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas, or if it’s Joe Bloggs in England.”