According to promoter Ben Shalom of BOXXER, heavyweight contender Michael Hunter has expressed interest in a potential fight with Hughie Fury.

Shalom admits that it hasn't been an easy task to secure top rated opponents for Fury, who is the younger cousin of WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury.

However, Shalom is also realistic that a fight between Fury and Hunter is not exactly in high demand after Hunter's last performance.

"It is difficult for Hughie because he is a heavyweight that everyone wants to avoid," Shalom told Sky Sports.

"Hunter has been talking up that fight. He likes the fight. But I don't think it's a fight that anyone is begging for. Hunter is desperate for an opportunity in the UK because he feels like he's got a lot of improvement potential. Hughie is a tough operator and is a lot younger than Hunter. This is definitely a fight we are looking at for Hughie."

In his most recent ring appearance, Hunter was less than impressive in going to a controversial draw with Jerry Forrest.

Fury recently busted up and stopped the usually durable Christian Hammer.

Shalom wants him back in action in early 2022 - and he wants to secure him a top opponent.

At the moment, Shalom is in talks with two promoters, with the hope being that a deal can be finalized in the near future.

"Chris Arreola and Andy Ruiz Jr are also possible. We are looking for the biggest fight possible because we believe Hughie is ready to step up. But the difficulty is that nobody wants to fight him. He is an awkward fighter, a difficult fight for anyone. And he is a lot younger than the other heavyweights, at least four or five years younger than most of them. We expect his next fight to be of real significance," Shalom said.

"We are talking to two of the really big promoters in the US now. We expect to hear exciting news soon about Hughie."