EDDIE HEARN has offered Tyson Fury a shock fight following the latest collapse of a showdown with Anthony Joshua.
A third round of talks over the long-awaited Battle of Britain between the Gypsy King and AJ took place late last month but failed to bear any fruit.
Fury, who is champing at the bit to get back in the ring, has recently flirted with fights with Aussie sluggers Dempsey McKean and Jai Opetaia.
But Hearn has suggested the Wythenshawe warrior locks horns with the mandatory challenger for the IBF heavyweight title – Filip Hrgovic.
The 43-year-old told Boxing Social: “Say you’re playing matchmaker for Tyson Fury, and you look at the rankings.
“Imagine AJ fights Dillian Whyte then Wilder and [Oleksandr] Usyk fights [Daniel] Dubois. I’ll tell you if he wants, he can fight Filip Hrgovic.
“If he’s looking for an opponent, he can have the Filip Hrgovic fight.”
Hrgovic, 30, solidified his status as the No.1-ranked IBF heavyweight with a controversial win over Zhilei Zhang last August.
The Croatian clubber has knocked out all but three of his 15 professional opponents, a stat Hearn believes will convince WBC king Fury to swerve the potential bout.
The Matchroom Boxing chief continued: “Tyson Fury is smart, he doesn’t want a risky fight.
‘Hrgovic is mandatory for the IBF, but Tyson will say, ‘I’m not fighting him, nobody’s heard of Hrgovic!’
“But there will always be a line.”
Fury’s pursuit of a shock September showdown with Joshua fell through when the former unified heavyweight champ’s team informed them they intend to press on with plans to fight Deontay Wilder in December.
But Fury promoter Frank Warren has begged the Watford warrior to reconsider the multi-million-pound domestic dust-up.
The veteran promoter said: “This is a message to AJ, please reconsider, please do that fight, for the boxing fans.
“Let’s do that fight. I really would love to see it, all the fans would love to see it. Let’s do it.
“The terms are not a problem because we agreed them, let’s try and make it happen.
“I know your team have said no but I’m not one that ever gives up on things.”