Undefeated heavyweight Tyson Fury has apparently decided against a world title final eliminator against Kubrat Pulev after promoter Mick Hennessy failed to show for the EBU purse bid today in Vienna, Austria.
The European Boxing Union had stipulated June 1 as the cut off point for negotiations between the two fighters, who were due to face each other for the Bulgarian’s title in a fight that was due to double-up as an IBF mandatory bout.
The winner would then have been first in line to meet current full champion Wladimir Klitschko after the Ukrainian takes on Alexander Povetkin later in the year, although next in line Bryant Jennings could now get the call.
Fury’s decision is sure to fuel the rumours that the 24 year-old will now go up against compatriot and number four ranked challenger David Haye, with the former WBA title holder having recently pulled out of fighting Manuel Charr through injury.
An all-British bout between the pair is said to be worth millions to both if a deal can be agreed, with Haye having the pulling power of Sky Box Office behind him after recently hooking up with Eddie Hearn at Matchroom.
Channel 5 have been airing Fury’s last few outings, although the terrestrial network would not be able to compete with the might of Sky, making any clash certain to be shown on pay-pay-view in the United Kingdom.
Without Haye, there are few options left open to Fury, who could now be pushed back in the queue to meet either Klitschko and fulfil his dream of fighting for a version of the world championship in the next twelve months.