Dillian Whyte and Hughie Fury had been put forward to contest the vacant British heavyweight championship following the British Boxing Board of Control’s announcement that purse bids for the fight are to be held on June 8.
Despite this, Fury has stated his intention to move on from any potential meeting with Whyte due to his close ties with the Londoner.
This leaves Whyte, who lost for the first time in his career when challenging current world champion Anthony Joshua for the Lonsdale Belt last December, awaiting news of a replacement out of the four boxers named for eliminators at the recent BBBofC meeting.
Dave Allen v Sam Sexton and Gary Cornish v Ian Lewison were pencilled in for a semi-final-type tournament to eventually fight the winner of Whyte v Fury, although this immediate turn of events means one of the quartet could be thrust into a summer clash with Whyte.
With Allen v Sexton already being selected for the English belt, either of those two could get the nod ahead of Cornish and Lewison.
More is to be revealed by the Board following the decision by Fury to avoid fighting Whyte, who is a friend of Team Fury and a regular member of their camps.