WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is looking ahead to staying busy in the ring and hopes to fight in the first quarter of 2022.

Frank Warren, co-promoter of Fury, explains that his boxer is currently without a mandatory challenger.

Last week, observers were expecting the World Boxing Council to issue an order which directed Fury to face top contender Dillian Whyte.

But that didn't happen, because Whyte and the WBC are currently engaged in a legal battle that is heading to an arbitration.

"Tyson Fury will be back in the ring by late February or early March. Due to the legal wranglings involving Dillian Whyte, Tyson does not have a mandatory call to answer and is free to proceed with a defense of his belt and it's a fight I'd like to stage in the UK," Warren told Talk Sport.

Warren makes it clear that Whyte's legal issues with the WBC will not affect Fury's next move and what plans to do in the coming year.

“It won’t impact on Tyson. Tyson’s made it very clear he wants to fight in late February/early March and that’s what we’re moving forward to do," Warren said.

“Tyson just wants to keep active, he’s had just one fight in 22 months. Whatever happens with Dillian Whyte will take its course. Tyson’s got to make a decision on who he’s going to fight, the decision will be his. We’re not going to be hampered by his problems. They’re his to sort out. Tyson is the world champion, not Dillian Whyte. He’s not setting the ground rules here, that’s the champion that does that.”

Fury was in action last month, when he knocked out Deontay Wilder in the eleventh round of their trilogy fight.