Frank Warren is optimistic that Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua can fight this year, but insisted that negotiations MUST take place behind closed doors.
The proposed fight for the undisputed world heavyweight title between the two Britons collapsed on the final hurdle due to a contractual obligation.
Even though a date was signed for Saudi Arabia this summer, an independent mediator has ruled that Fury must grant Deontay Wilder a third fight by September – with a date now agreed for July 24 in Las Vegas.
It was the same night that Joe Joyce returned to action against Carlos Takam, with Warren playing a pivotal role in orchestrating the two heavyweight clashes.
The legendary promoter has always insisted that Fury and Joshua were never a done deal, with rival Eddie Hearn teasing that a confirmed date would be announced imminently in May.
Joshua will also return to the ring against mandatory WBO challenger Oleksandr Usyk in September, a bout likely to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
And when asked at Joyce’s press conference if there was any chance the two could finally meet once they settled their respective fights, Warren insisted there had a simple caveat.
“The first thing is that the obstacles will be removed,” Warren told talkSPORT.
“Second, anything that is done has to be done behind closed doors and nothing is said until it is signed.
“That way you don’t fool people or make promises that can’t be kept.
“There was always a problem with officiating, which is why in every interview I have done with talkSPORT people say ‘You are negative’.
“I am not negative; I tell you what the position is! That’s what it was, so where we’re at now is that the two have to go through and after that we’ll see where we go.
“But I know both fighters want the fights so they have to go out and do the business and I hope they can deliver it to the public by the end of the year.”