New opponent lined up for Tyson Fury after Chisora pull-out

Dereck Chisora (left), promoter Frank Warren (centre) and Tyson Fury during a press conference at The Landmark Hotel, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 17, 2014. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Dereck Chisora (left), promoter Frank Warren (centre) and Tyson Fury during a press conference at The Landmark Hotel, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 17, 2014. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
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Tyson Fury hopes to fight on Saturday after all and an announcement is expected within 48 hours.

The Morecambe heavyweight is lining up a replacement opponent after Dereck Chisora pulled out of their fight with a broken left hand.

Tyson tweeted on Tuesday afternoon: “Great workout...Feeling on fire. Can’t wait for Saturday don’t know who am fighting yet.”

But Peter Fury, Tyson’s uncle and trainer, ruled out a match with veteran American contender Tony Thompson, who has called Fury out on Twitter.

“It won’t be him, and it won’t be any of these guys shouting the odds on Twitter who are just after a payday,” said Peter, speaking exclusively to The Visitor.

“We’re looking at possible options and are in the middle of negotiations to make sure it’s on Saturday.

“We have a list of names at short notice. And hopefully we can still get the Chisora fight on in September.”

Fury and Chisora were due to battle in a world title final eliminator at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester, live on boxing TV channel BoxNation.

They first met in July 2011, with Fury winning on points.

But Chisora’s withdrawal was the latest in a series of disappointments for Tyson.

The undefeated giant has also seen David Haye twice pull out of a fight with him due to injury over the past 10 months and his last fight, a fourth round win over Joey Abell, only came after original foe Gonzalo Omar Bastille withdrew.

“It’s gone beyond a joke,” said Peter.

“If you recall, Tyson said on BoxNation that he didn’t think this fight would go ahead, so it’s no shock to him. We’ve now had three pull outs due to injury during the week of a fight. It’s bizarre.

“But we can’t look back on yesterday, we’ve got to focus on tomorrow and get him a fight that will get him out there after all the training he’s done.

“Tyson’s in a good place right now. He’s had setbacks before.”

The Morecambe man also has to contend with an upcoming disciplinary hearing with the British Boxing Board of Control.

Fury has been told to appear before the board on August 13 after complaints were lodged about his foul-mouthed rant at a press conference to hype the Chisora bout.

“Tyson will be there and we’ll get it all sorted out,” said Peter.

“(The BBBC) do understand this is fever pitch for Tyson and things get said in the heat of the moment at press conferences.

“He’s also encouraged to do these things to sell the fight.

“Everybody points the finger at Tyson. What people fail to understand is that the public love to hear him speak and love to see him fight. And we keep getting pull-out after pull-out.

“When we sign a contract we agree to fight.

“God willing we’ll work something out and announce it within 48 hours.”

Peter also thanked the people of Morecambe and The Visitor for their continued support of Tyson.