Anthony Joshua is expected to face New Zealand’s Joseph Parker in the second defence of his IBF heavyweight title.
Joshua will be involved in a championship bout on November 26 and promoter Eddie Hearn has been considering potential opponents for the unbeaten British fighter.
Hughie Fury – cousin of world champion Tyson Fury – was one of the names in the frame, but the two parties have been unable to agree terms and Joshua is now likely to go head-to-head with mandatory challenger Parker.
Presuming Parker prevails in a fight with Alexander Dimitrenko on October 1, Hearn expects a clash with Joshua to be formally announced at the end of next week.
"Is Hughie Fury the right fight? It's a domestic fight. Obviously it's got the back story – or the future story with Tyson Fury,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
"We bounced some numbers around and we're light years away from expectancy levels from both sides. I think that's unlikely.
"If they want to take the fight, they are looking to cash in beyond their value, and I understand that. I can't see that one happening on November 26.
"Joseph Parker is there and the plan was to build the Parker fight over here. I think that's a huge fight, but as time goes on, Joseph Parker looks like he will be the man.
"Obviously he's fighting Dimitrenko next Saturday. All being well, I think Joseph Parker will be the guy for November 26.
"We've got a few things to tie up, but their team are relatively easy to work with. We don't have a deal in place, but we have the basis of a deal in place that I think can work for everybody."