TYSON FURY is “not very optimistic” about his next opponent and admitted “time is of the essence” to secure a rematch in July.
The Gypsy King is set to defend his WBC title in the summer after talks to unify with Oleksandr Usyk collapsed earlier this year.
Now the 36-year-old Usyk has been called into a WBA mandatory defense against 25-year-old Daniel Dubois, talks are still ongoing.
But Joe Joyce exercised his rematch clause with Zhang and told Frank Warren boxing news that Ruiz overrated himself.
It leaves Fury don’t know who his next opponent will be and in a race against time as July is less than two months away.
At a press conference in Tenerife, he said: “I hear all these names being thrown around, but I don’t pay any attention to them until I’m actually in the ring with them.”
“As we’ve seen over the past 14 years, you can be matched with someone to fight and that never happens.
“I’m not very optimistic about any of the names until I actually get into it.
“One thing I can say is if they’re going to do anything [in July] Then you better get your finger out.
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“Time is running out. You’d better hurry, it’s May now.”
Joyce, 37, was hit by Zhang, 40, in April after his eye became so swollen that the referee waved the contest off.
The Chinese star then emerged as a contender to fight 34-year-old Fury Joyce activated his right to a rematch.
And with Ruiz, 33, now seemingly unable to do so either, Warren is left with no options but unyielding Fury WILL still fighting.
He said: “We’re getting very close [to summer]that’s part of the problem, but we’re getting him out.”
Meanwhile, behind-the-scenes conversations are taking place with Boxing bosses in Saudi Arabia.
They are hoping to broker a deal for Anthony Joshua, 33, to fight Deontay Wilder, 37. in the Middle East in December.
And they also have plans for Fury and Usyk to finally meet as US promoters Bob Arum confirmed talks with the Saudis.
Arum told Ringside Reporter Live: “I spoke to a representative from Skill Challenge, who host these boxing events in Saudi Arabia.
“That’s right [that talks are ongoing]we know these people, we work with them in connection with the fight between Jake Paul and Tommy Fury as far as US TV was concerned.
“So we know who the players are and have had some very interesting conversations with them.”