Tyson Fury could be forced to fight behind closed doors, says promoter Warren

Fury has been promoted by Warren since his return in 2018
Fury has been promoted by Warren since his return in 2018 - (Copyright PA)
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Tyson Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has refused to rule out The Gypsy King fighting behind closed doors later this year.

Fury has not fought since stopping American Deontay Wilder in seven rounds back in February to re-capture a version of the world heavyweight championship.

Fury completed a remarkable return to boxing by claiming the WBC belt in a stunning win over Deontay Wilder earlier this year - (Copyright PA)

Wilder has the contractual right to a rematch with Fury and the bout was originally slated for October before the coronavirus pandemic interfered.

Now the heavyweight dust-up is expected to land at the end of the year, with December 19 earmarked as a potential date

But the matter of whether a crowd will be able to attend is still one which has no clear time frame and Warren admits the team are considering all options at present.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: "We will lose money but it's important the sport remains relevant and is seen. There is nothing normal about this new reality.

"If we can't (have a crowd), the likes of Tyson Fury will want to fight. He cannot be out for a year. A boxer's career is short. They have to capitalise when they are young. I feel we will have to make some serious decisions."

Warren announced earlier today that he will put on four shows behind closed doors in Britain from July 25 to August 29.

And while combat sports fans will undoubtedly be pleased to see the return of boxing in the UK for the first time since March, the legendary promoter also stressed the environment it takes place in remains important.

"Most sports react to a live audience and there won't be one. There's no home fighter with a crowd so no one is going into somebody else's back yard," he added.

"I don't want it to be sterile. Some of the early football matches after the lockdown could not hold my attention, it was like watching training.

"We know boxers will give their all. It's a fantastic opportunity for the guys to make a name for themselves. They would be on an undercard and they are getting the chance to get exposure and I expect some to grasp it with both hands."

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