When Tyson Fury “moved on” from his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder, it was expected he would instead have a much easier night in his UK homecoming fight on December 5.
But his co-promoter Frank Warren is clear there is “risk” involved with a planned clash against unbeaten German Agit Kabayel.
Kabayel has a 20-0 professional record which includes a win over seasoned veteran Dereck Chisora.
Warren says it would be crazy to write off the German ahead of the Royal Albert Hall showdown.
Warren: every heavyweight fight is a risk
He told talkSPORT: “Every fight in the heavyweight division is a risk. The guy is undefeated. He’s got a win over Chisora and is the European champion.
“Contrary to what a lot of people think, most of the best heavyweights are in Europe and Tyson certainly showed that in his performance against Deontay Wilder.
“The fight that had against Wallin, the 10-rounder, he got a bad cut and that was a tough fight for him at the end of the day because of the cut and the guy went for it and tried to put it on Tyson.
“The fella has everything to gain and nothing to lose. He’s undefeated, he’s not tasted defeat in a professional fight and obviously fancies it.”
Fury has much at stake against Kabayel
There is much at stake for Fury of course when he steps into the ring against Kabayel. Victory would set him up perfectly for a massive clash with big rival Anthony Joshua in 2021.
Fury and Joshua have already agreed in principle the financial structure for a two-fight deal. While Fury meets Kabayel, Joshua defends his titles against Kubrat Pulev on December 12.
While Fury moves on, team Wilder are still trying to revive that trilogy fight. Mediation is taking place, but Warren says the situation from Fury’s side is clear.
“They’ve gone to an arbitration hearing in the States for an arbitration judge to make a decision on whether it should go ahead or not,” he said.
“As far as this side of the table is concerned, that contract is at an end. It can’t go on for obvious reasons because the income needed to make it happen is just not there because of the lack of spectators.”