Tyson Fury won't fight Whyte after he was 'poleaxed' by Povetkin and has backup if Kabayel snubs bout, says Warren

TYSON FURY'S promoter Frank Warren has shut down talk that the Gyspy King could face Dillian Whyte in his homecoming bout on December 5.

The WBC heavyweight champion's name was mentioned by Eddie Hearn after the Body Snatcher's rematch with Alexander Povetkin was postponed.

Povetkin tested positive for coronavirus ahead of his November 21 fight against Whyte, with their contest now expected to take place on January 30.

The Brit banger is now scrambling to find an opponent before the end of the year, with Fury, Derek Chisora and Michael Hunter all linked with facing him.

But any hope of seeing a domestic dust-up between Whyte and Fury has been quashed by Warren.

The unbeaten Mancunian, 32, is set to face European champ Agit Kabayel next month in what will be his first fight in England since his comeback bout in June 2018.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Warren said: "Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Dillian Whyte get absolutely poleaxed in his last fight?

“At that time, he was the mandatory challenger to Tyson, he kept going on about it, he was going to sue everybody.

"Then stupidly, they put him in with Povetkin and he poleaxed him.

“That’s it, he’s lost his chance. We don’t need him. What is in it for us?"

Before adding: "We’re looking at the European champion Agit Kabayel and that’s the fight we’re looking to make.

“[They’re dragging their heels] because they want more money – everybody does! But we’re close to making the fight.

“Tyson has been training for this guy and that’s the fight he wants. Tyson is not interested in [a fight with Dillian Whyte].

“He’s made that very clear, even before he faced Povetkin. All we’re interested in is getting to face Anthony Joshua after he gets through his next fight.

"That’s the only heavyweight Matchroom has we’re interested in."

Warren then stated that Fury has another option should his proposed fight to face Kabayel falls through.

He stated: "He’ll either sign it or he won’t, but we have someone else in mind if he doesn’t. So we have a backup plan, but it won’t be Dillian Whyte.

“What’s in it for us? There’s no gain in it."

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