FRANK WARREN said Tyson Fury's undisputed fight with Oleksandr Usyk HAS to happen by March – or it will face total collapse.
The unbeaten champions are in talks for the heavyweight division's first four-belt unification.
Warren is leading negotiations on Fury's behalf but admitted they face a race against the clock.
He told talkSPORT:“Both fighters absolutely want it.
“The managers and promoters all want it, so we’re just getting it together and working out where we’re gonna put it on – that’s really the situation.
“It’s gotta go on by March and so we’ve gotta all move quickly so over the next couple of weeks we will or we won’t get it sorted out.
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“But everybody wants to do the fight, absolutely want to do it.”
Middle East money men are ready to front huge sums to host the historic undisputed clash.
But Fury's US promoter Bob Arum warned not to rule out Fury gaining home advantage with a stadium showdown in London.
Arum said: “Both fighters have agreed to fight, that is clear.
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“The question then is where the fight is held and that will be decided by the end of the year.
“There’s a couple of places in the Middle East that have expressed big interest and made offers and of course there is the possibility of doing the fight in Wembley Stadium.
“Whenever that fight happens and I believe it will happen within the first four months of the year, it’s going to be a huge, massive fight and I can’t wait to see it.”
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