TYSON Fury insists he will not allow talk and deals surrounding prospective fights with fellow British boxing star Anthony Joshua distract him from his next mission.

The former Styal Primary School pupil, who grew up in Wilmslow, is contractually obliged for a third world heavyweight title meeting with American ace Deontay Wilder that has been postponed this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, but a deal with Joshua has emerged over the past week.

Fury and Joshua’s camps have reached an agreement in principle to set up what promises to be two of the greatest spectacles in British heavyweight history.

The pair hold all four of the major world titles in boxing’s blue riband division and it is the fight that fans want to see, but Joshua also has a prior commitment and would need to overcome mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.

Also complicating matters on Fury’s side is Dillian Whyte, who has indicated he would not be willing to wait for a title shot the WBC has said he must receive before the end of February next year.

But with Wilder currently convalescing after bicep surgery, Fury-Whyte could take place before then.

In a social media interview, Fury said he is not looking beyond his third meeting with Wilder, despite having hammered the American to a seven-round defeat in February.

Fury believes Wilder remains dangerous, and has the potential to scupper the best-laid plans for a Joshua super-fight unless the champion is fully committed to completing the trilogy in style.

Speaking to Queensberry Promotions, Fury said: “There’s all this talk of me fighting Anthony Joshua but I’m a realist in this life and messing with the most vicious puncher in the history of boxing, I’m not going to overlook anybody.

“Deontay Wilder is the most dangerous fight out there, even today.

“When a fighter gets beat he can come back 10 times stronger and have a lot more to prove, or they can fold. I believe Deontay Wilder will come back stronger and with a better game plan and he will try harder and do things differently, and that makes things more dangerous.

“If I don’t focus 110 per cent there won’t be any other fights. Deontay Wilder is the second best heavyweight in the world – I believe he knocks Anthony Joshua out and everybody else behind me.”

The prospective world heavyweight title unification clash between Fury and Joshua is unlikely to take place in Britain, promoter Eddie Hearn has conceded.

Saudi Arabia, which staged Joshua’s rematch win over Andy Ruiz Jr in December, has already emerged as favourite to stage the contest.

Hearn admitted that while he would love the bout in Britain, financial practicalities make it much more likely that it will take place in the Middle East or China.

Speaking on Matchroom’s Youtube channel, Hearn said: “If we can do the fight in the UK, fantastic, (but) we know Saudi Arabia would love to have this fight – we had a wonderful experience last time with the Andy Ruiz fight.

“We’ve had offers from China, we’ve had offers from around the world. There’s not going to be any country that stages major events that won’t want this fight.”