“If you have any dignity and pride about you, you’ll get this contract signed today. I’m chucking you a massive bone but I know I can punch your face in so I’m willing to give you an opportunity. Let the British fans have what they want.”

In a separate interview, Hearn hit back at Fury by claiming the WBC heavyweight champion instead prefers a fight with Manuel Charr. 

“I don’t think we’re a million miles away but I don’t know really whether Tyson Fury wants this fight. I think he just wants to fight Manuel Charr on 3 December, but I don’t think anyone else wants that fight. Hopefully we can keep moving forward. We’ll carry on and while there’s hope, we won’t stop trying,” Hearn told BBC radio. 

“From either side, I can’t fault the process of trying to get done the biggest fight in British history. The only thing I can fault is we don’t really know where we stand. One minute the fight’s off, the fight’s on; one minute he’s retired, one minute he’s fighting Manuel Charr. He’s just made another offer to Derek Chisora. I don’t know.”