Frank Warren accepts Tyson Fury will now only have one more fight this year which rules out any slim hopes of the Gypsy King taking on Anthony Joshua in 2020
Tyson Fury’s third fight with Deontay Wilder was pencilled in for July 18 in Las Vegas but the coronavirus outbreak has pushed that back.
Both teams are now working towards an October 3 date in Sin City for the WBC heavyweight title clash.
But that will rule out any of hope of securing a deal for an undisputed clash with WBA, IBF and WBO champion Anthony Joshua before the year is over.
Fury’s promoter Warren said: “They’ve locked down Vegas and the commission has said no boxing.
“We need the time to do the Wilder fight justice in terms of promotion, it won’t go on till the autumn.
“The problem you have is also the training camps if they can’t do them properly, they can’t get in sparring partners from around the world.
“Fighters also need a date to be fully focussed on.
“They want to be at their peak for a date so they need a date to train towards, we can’t give them any dates.
“It is a blow as we would have liked to have got it done in the summer but it is what it is.
“The whole country is in the same boat, everything has gone on hold.”
When asked if that means Fury won’t be able to fight again in 2020 and ends any hope of a Joshua fight this year, Warren said: “Exactly. That will push that back to some time in February if that is the case.”
Warren is hopeful the lay off won’t affect Fury as the recently-crowned WBC champion continues to train at home with his family.
“He has been training at home – he’s been putting the videos out of him training with his kids,” added Warren, who co-promotes Fury with Bob Arum.
“It looks like chaos. I spoke to him this week and he’s in a good frame of mind.”