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Hopes of an epic trilogy fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder went up in smoke earlier this week after the Gypsy King said he grown tired of negotiations with the American's team, with the pair unable to agree on a date.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed the third fight between the two had been abandoned, clearing the path for Fury to take on Anthony Joshua in an all-British undisputed title fight next year. But first he's looking for opponent to take Wilder's slot for a London bout this December. 

Fury, the WBC king after stopping Wilder with a dominant display in Las Vegas in February, said he was 'looking forward to smashing him again', but said 'enough was enough' after the Bronze Bomber repeatedly tried to push the dates back. 

He won't be short of offers from potential opponents hoping to shock the world and scupper his dream of a mega fight against Joshua in 2021. A handful of stars have already come forward to challenge him - with his US promoter Bob Arum revealing a five-man shortlist of to pick from. 

Sportsmail analyses Tyson Fury's next possible bout, looking at their chances of earning a shot at his title.

Tyson Fury is weighing up his next opponent as he prepares for his next clash in December

Tyson Fury is weighing up his next opponent as he prepares for his next clash in December

Michael Hunter - 33/1

The highly-regarded American looks to be a future star in the sport and has been tipped as a possible opponent for Joshua in the past - now he's being considered as a serious candidate to face Fury. 

But if the British fighter was hoping for a routine 'warm-up' fight to keep himself ticking over, Hunter will provide a wake-up call. He might be a cheap option - with the 32-year-old claiming he would fight him for free - but 'The Bounty' feels Fury's camp would still avoid him as he poses too much of a threat.   

'I would fight for free, I'd fight Tyson Fury for absolutely nothing. There's a lot of budget being saved right there, and they still wouldn't fight me.

Michael Hunter (right) said he would fight Fury 'for free' but could be deemed too great a risk

Michael Hunter (right) said he would fight Fury 'for free' but could be deemed too great a risk 

'I don't think there's going to be a fight with Tyson Fury because there are easier fights. They would rather have easier fights, but you never know.'

Hunter has just one defeat on his record - coming against Oleksandr Usyk when he was a cruiserweight. He has earned some impressive wins, stopping Alexander Ustinov as well as knocking out the highly-rated Martin Bakole.

His last fight came against Alexander Povetkin on the card of Joshua v Ortiz II in Saudi Arabia last December. The fight was scored as a draw but Hunter caused the Russian hitman plenty of problems and many saw him edging the contest. 

Fury will be keen to be tested in December, but Hunter is perhaps too dangerous and could jeopardise a money-spinning fight with AJ.

Verdict: Outside bet 

Oscar Rivas - 10/11

The Colombian is hoping to bounce back from his unanimous points loss to Dillian Whyte last summer, and Fury might fancy the clash seeing as he's spent so long out of the ring. 

The 33-year-old may have lost to Whyte in 2019 but it came as his only career defeat - and floored the British star in the ninth round.

Rivas, who was on Arum's list of five potential fighters, would be no walkover and is a skilled fighter who enjoyed a successful amateur career. 

Oscar Rivas hasn't fought in over a year but caused Dillian Whyte problems last summer

Oscar Rivas hasn't fought in over a year but caused Dillian Whyte problems last summer 

He suffered a defeat to his fellow candidate to face Fury in Michael Hunter in an 2008 Olympic qualifier, but later gave Andy Ruiz Jr one of his first defeats at the Beijing tournament. Rivas also beat Kubrat Pulev - who is set to face Joshua in December.

The fighter, known as 'Kaboom', is 'the logical choice' for Fury's next opponent, according to his promoter, who says he is ready to step into the ring having originally been preparing for a bout on the undercard of his fight with Wilder.

'Oscar is fit, available, ranked No 8 by the WBC and would gladly take the challenge,' his co-promoter Yvon Michel told Sky Sports. 'Now for December I believe Oscar would be the best and the logical choice for Fury in his first title defence.

'We know Fury loves challenges and fights for the fans. Fury has written the best story of all for a fighter who became a heavyweight champion of the world and I am sure he is aware of Rivas' story.'

Verdict: Likely  

The Colombian, known as 'Kaboom' floored the Brit in the ninth round at the 02 Arena last year

The Colombian, known as 'Kaboom' floored the Brit in the ninth round at the 02 Arena last

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