FORMER Styal Primary School pupil Tyson Fury has shelved plans to fight in London on December 5 and will delay his return to the ring until 2021.

The WBC world heavyweight champion, who has not fought since beating Deontay Wilder in February, had been expected to confirm a bout against Germany’s Agit Kabayel.

The Royal Albert Hall in London had been mooted as a venue for the 32-year-old’s first fight in the UK since beating Italian Francesco Pianeta on points in Belfast in August 2018.

But Fury wrote on Twitter: “The Gypsy King is returning in 2021. Only those that have supported me 100% since my comeback will be with me for the glory.”

Fury had hoped to fight Kabayel as a prelude to two potential meetings with domestic rival Anthony Joshua next year.

But it appears that Wilder’s belated attempts to secure a third meeting between the pair are the reason why Fury’s return has been delayed.

Fury initially expressed no interest in meeting Wilder again after the immediate rematch clause in the American’s contract had reportedly expired.

But Wilder has re-stated those claims in recent weeks and engaged a retired judge in an attempt to force through that contest.

Joshua, meanwhile, is set to press ahead with his title defence against Kubrat Pulev on December 12 at the O2 Arena.

And unbeaten Fury admitted he was impressed with the way Joshua shrugged off his shock defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr in June to rebound with a win in Saudi Arabia six months later.

That victory meant Joshua reclaimed the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles, so Fury’s belt is the only one in the division the Londoner does not hold.

Fury told Talksport: “He handled it like a man, he took it in his stride and that was it - he didn’t make a million excuses.

“I would hope that I could conduct myself like that if that happened to me. He just said, ‘fair play, I was beaten by the better man on the night’, and that was class.”