Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are still set to clash this year – but not in the UK or America.
The heavyweight rivals were due to fight for a third time on July 18 until the coronavirus crisis struck.
The trilogy bout was pushed back initially until October 3 before being delayed again due to the prospect of there being no crowds in Las Vegas.
And Fury's promoter Bob Arum now expects the fight to take place overseas, likely in the Middle East.
"We have proposals from entities in two countries that we’re considering now," he told Boxing Scene. "And when they become more concrete, which will probably be in the next week or two weeks, we’ll run them by the PBC people because, after all, they’re our partners in that promotion.
"And hopefully then we’ll make an announcement. Right now, we’re looking to do that fight in the fourth quarter of the year and we’re probably gonna be doing it outside of the United States and outside of the United Kingdom."
Several big fights have been put in jeopardy by Covid-19, including Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev and Dereck Chisora vs Oleksandr Usyk.
Promoters cannot afford to hold these fights behind closed doors due to the loss in gate revenue.
"You can’t do that event without making up for the $17million in gate revenue that you would otherwise lose," Arum added. “You can’t do it."
Fury stopped Wilder in their rematch in February, 14 months after the heavyweight giants fought to a controversial draw.
Victory for the Brit in their third instalment could set him up for an undisputed fight with fellow countryman and world champion Anthony Joshua next year.
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