BOXING promoter Frank Warren has revealed FOUR names are being discussed to fight Tyson Fury in March.
But WBC mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte is NOT one of those shortlisted as the Londoner continues his legal wrangles with the organisation.
It is likely that Fury, 33, will not lay his belt on the line because of the ongoing Whyte situation.
Speaking to iFL TV, Warren explained: “He can’t be inactive because of the problems caused by this arbitration between the WBC and Whyte.
“We have got to sort out an opponent first before we can move further forward.
“I‘m not going to go into that because we have got to get things done first.
“But we are working quite hard on it an there are about four in the frame and we will make a decision on that, subject to their availability too.”
Warren revealed that Whyte’s arbitration case with the WBC ‘is not set until March’ – effectively ruling him out of being in the frame to fight that month.
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The legendary promoter also revealed the two boxers are miles apart on purse negotiations for the all-Brit brawl, with Whyte ‘wanting 45 per cent’ but Warren keen for it to be 20 per cent.
Fury has been typically vocal about the prospect of facing former pal Whyte.
Earlier he vowed to ‘smash the c***’s face in‘ and ‘butcher him, no problem’ if the Brixton bruiser was named his mandatory.
Cardiff and Manchester have been mooted as potential locations, with Warren eager to hold a ‘homecoming’ fight in Britain.
But first, he must thrash out a deal for the Gypsy King to get some action in March.