OLEKSANDR USYK has been warned there is "no telling" what Tyson Fury will do next – so he should fight Deontay Wilder instead.
Usyk, recovering from his latest win over Anthony Joshua, has set Fury a deadline of March 4 to agree a historic unification bout.
The Gypsy King first returns against Derek Chisora in a bout to help him prepare for his Ukrainian rival.
But it was only in April that Fury announced his retirement, a common theme throughout his career.
So Wilder's coach Malik Scott has advised Usyk to look at the American, who knocked out Robert Helenius in his October return.
Scott told ESNews: “I think he should hold off on Fury and wait for us, just fight us.
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"One, because there’s no telling what Fury’s going to do. There’s no telling.”
“Plus I’m just greedy, I like the position that my guy, Deontay, is in right now – mentally, physically, spiritually.
"He’s just in a very dangerous space right now, and I want Usyk to fight the most dangerous fighter in the world.
"Like I said, don’t nobody respect Usyk on US soil the way that I do – but I also know who I’m training is the most lethal fighter in the history of the sport.”
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Usyk, 35, ruled himself out of the heavyweight division's first four-belt undisputed decider having returned to his war-torn home for the first time.
It left Fury, 34, to take an unpopular trilogy bout with Chisora, 38, on December 3, despite his pair of one-sided wins in 2011 and 2014.
Usyk is ready to return next year straight into the super-fight with Fury, but only on his terms.
He said: "Right now my team is in conversations with Tyson Fury, and he is a really unpredictable person, so we can’t guarantee when.
"For me, the idea would be to fight maybe early February or the beginning of March, like March 4, because I am an orthodox Christian.
"During the great fasting before Easter I do not fight, so it should be all before or then after orthodox Easter."
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