Tyson Fury’s next opponent has been a big boxing talking point for the past fortnight, ever since his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder was called off.
It had been hoped Fury would defend his WBC, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles against ‘The Bronze Bomber’ in the United States next month.
However that now will not happen, and instead Fury will have a homecoming bout. That will take place on Saturday December 5 at the Royal Albert Hall.
With most of the world’s best already due to fight in November and December, the talent pool for Fury to choose from was small.
But now it appears the 28-year-old German Kabayel (20-0) is the favoured opponent.
Fury’s co-promoter Frank Warren told Jim White on talkSPORT: “Tyson’s fighting on December 5. We’re giving the guy we wanna fight, which is Kabayel, we’re giving him 24 hours now to sign the contract or we’re gonna move on.
“He’s undefeated and has a win on his record over Dereck Chisora.
“He [was] the European champion and he’s ranked by the WBC.
“That’s who’s sitting at the moment on a contract and we’re waiting.
“He’s got about 24 hours now to make his mind up to sign it and send it back or we’ll move on.
“He’s the fight, subject to the contract being signed.”
Fury opponent: Kabayel has AJ history
As well as that win over Chisora, Kabayel is also a former sparring partner of Fury’s big rival Anthony Joshua.
Should Fury win on December 5, and Joshua defeats Kubrat Pulev a week later, all roads lead to their mammoth showdown or showdowns next year.
The pair have already agreed in principle the financial structure for a two-fight deal. There would be a 50-50 split for the first bout, with the winner taking a 60-40 share for the rematch.
Fury’s December 5 outing adds to a stacked heavyweight schedule in the remaining two months of 2020.
First Dillian Whyte rematches Alexander Povetkin on November 21, before the big domestic dust-up between Daniel Dubois and Joe Joyce a week later.
Then comes Fury, followed by Joshua vs Pulev to end the year.