Heavyweight rival and former sparring partner Dillian Whyte has revealed he offered Tyson Fury a September fight earlier this year.
Whyte, who recently signed on to battle Joseph Parker in July, says Fury rejected the chance to face him.
Whilst outlining Fury's refusal, Whyte gave his opinion on the 27 year-old's comeback against Sefer Seferi and was then than complimentary in his assessment.
"Who is Sefer Seferi, isn't he a promoter?” Whyte told The Independent. "That's garbage. I understand Fury has been out for a while and needs to make a comeback but that is garbage.
"There are better guys than that, proper heavyweights he could have fought who would give him a challenge, it is a p*** take for boxing fans.
"He says he is the best fighter in the world now, that he can beat Wilder and Anthony Joshua and calls other guys 'bums' but then why is he not fighting anyone decent? He is basically fighting a scrub.
"I am glad he is back but will be having harder sparring sessions than this fight. I think it is disgraceful because there are certain levels you reach in boxing and you have to respect them.”
“I offered him a fight for September, after he would have had two warm-up fights. He turned it down and rightly so because his timing will be off and I understand that. But don't go around shouting you can beat everyone when you don't want to take the fights.
"Tyson is awkward. He is big but he is not the strongest. He is tall but there are ways around that like putting the hurt on early.
"He shows courage but he has never been nailed by a true heavyweight. That is why he needs more than a year before he fights anyone decent," he added.
Whyte v Fury would have wide-ranging appeal if a future agreement could be reached, although the returning former world champion looks set to target Manuel Charr's WBA 'regular' title.