TYSON FURY’S blockbuster all-British bout with Dillian Whyte is set to take place early next year, according to Bob Arum.
The Gypsy King’s US promoter has revealed his man expects to defend his WBC heavyweight title in ‘February or March’ after Whyte was named mandatory challenger.
Fury had been eyeing a winner-takes-all showdown with rival champion Oleksandr Usyk but has since been ordered to face the Body Snatcher.
And Arum revealed plans are afoot for a homecoming show early next year.
He told Sky Sports: “(Fury’s UK promoter) Frank Warren talked to Tyson, who wants to get in the ring in February or March.
“We are talking to Whyte now to come to an arrangement to put the fight on in the UK. It will be a splendid fight and we are working hard to put it together.”
Fury has not fought on this side of the Atlantic since out-pointing Francesco Pianeta at Belfast’s Windsor Park back in August 2018.
But Cardiff and Manchester have been mooted as possible venues for his next outing.
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The WBC champ initially had his sights set on an undisputed clash with Usyk after the Ukrainian outfoxed Anthony Joshua earlier this year.
But the reigning WBA (Super), IBF, WBO and IBO champion is now set to face AJ in a rematch – also early next year.
Attempts by the Fury camp to tempt his fellow Brit into stepping aside fell on deaf ears.
Instead Fury will face his former sparring partner Whyte, with a heated war of words already breaking out between the pair.