MATCHROOM promoter Eddie Hearn has declared Deontay Wilder could step aside to let Tyson Fury face Anthony Joshua in the summer.
The Bronze Bomber is expected to activate his rematch clause to get it on with the Gypsy King for a third time following his defeat in Las Vegas last week.
Fury, 31, dropped Wilder, 34, twice at the MGM Grand before he eventually stopped him in the seventh round to win the WBC heavyweight title.
And after sinking some well-deserved beers in an airport bar following his incredible performance, the unbeaten Brit was treated to a celebratory cake by his wife Paris.
Attention is now turning to who the 6ft 9in star will face next, with Hearn hopeful he can fight AJ, but is aware that the 2012 Olympic gold medallist has been ordered to face his IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev next.
Speaking to BoxingScene.com, he said: "If I'm Deontay Wilder, I don't really want that (third Fury) fight until September, October.
"So, there's two things you can do. Number one is let Joshua and Fury fight in June or July, and then Wilder fights the winner in November, December. All right?
"Or, fight (Fury) quickly for us in July, or something like that, and let Joshua fight the winner. Or the other one is let Joshua and Fury fight in October, and then you fight the winner in January or February.
"But then you've got to sit out for nearly a year. But anything is solvable with money. You know what I mean?"
He added: "I don’t like step-aside deals, because you start taking money from the pot. You’ve gotta give [Kubrat] Pulev some. You’ve gotta give Wilder some.
"And also, fighters don’t like giving other fighters money from the pot, because they’re not actually doing anything. You know what I mean? So, it’s like you’re getting all that money and you ain’t even fighting.
"But the pot is so big that you can do it. There is definitely a deal to be made to give Wilder step-aside money, to make this fight. But it’s timing.
“You know, it’s like, ‘Well, we’re fighting in June and we’re about to sign a contract to fight Kubrat Pulev.’ Luckily, Bob [Arum] represents Kubrat Pulev. So, that would be solvable.
"But AJ doesn't want to wait until September or October to fight again because he boxed in December. So, my gut feeling is we go with Pulev in June and then hopefully, [Fury and Wilder] fight at the end of July, or something like that, and then we fight [the winner] in November, December.”
A host of possible venues have been touted to host the potential Fury vs Joshua clash, and while Wembley would be the obvious choice, the fight could take place in the Middle East.
Fury's promoter Frank Warren is seeking an Old Trafford bout as he looks to fulfil his boxer's wishes of competing at the Theatre of Dreams.
Writing for talkSPORT, the 68-year-old insisted that if the mega-fight was to happen, both fighters must agree to a 50/50 deal.
He said: "We want to get the fight on, the fight will be on a 50/50 basis and it’s as simple as that. No one’s gonna duck it. Anthony Joshua needs Tyson, he’s in his slipstream now, he needs him.
"It’s Fury vs Joshua, not Joshua vs Fury. Joshua’s got Tyson’s belts that he vacated. Tyson’s the main man, but egos have got to go out the window."
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