Dillian Whyte looks as close as ever to the world-title fight he has been craving throughout his career.
A number of times the powerful Brit has seen his chances evaporate and standing in his way this month is dangerous Swedish southpaw Otto Wallin.
Whyte is currently the No.1 in the WBC rankings, but his mission against the younger Wallin, who took Fury the distance in 2019, is not straightforward.
The pair will meet at the O2 in London on October 30 with WBC heavyweight champion Fury most likely to fight the victor.
Fury has been ordered by the WBC to fight the winner of that meeting straight away if a unification bout cannot be arranged. And with Anthony Joshua activating his rematch clause with IBF, WBA, WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk, a mandatory defence is likely to be Fury's next fight.
Planet Sport takes a look at Whyte's form in his last five fights.
vs Alexander Povetkin, March 2021
Whyte produced his most destructive performance to date with a fourth-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin in Gibraltar.
It was redemption for the 'Body Snatcher' who suffered a damaging defeat to the Russian just seven months previously.
Whyte looked determined from the onset and wobbled his older rival in round one. His varied jab was a real weapon for Whyte, who was also elusive and managed to avoid Povetkin's big shots.
An overhand right in the third had Povetkin struggling and Whyte put the fight to bed in the fourth round.
A straight right-hand sent Povetkin backwards and he quickly followed that with another similar shot, before a left hook sent the Russian sprawling onto the canvas.
Povetkin, who had previously only lost to Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko in 39 bouts, went down. But despite getting to his feet the referee waved the fight off.
It was an impressive showing by Whyte, but how much had Covid-19 taken out of Povetkin after the rematch had twice been postponed?
vs Alexander Povetkin, August 2020
Povetkin inflicted defeat on Whyte - only the second of his career - with a heavy knockdown in round five in front of an empty arena in Brentwood.
Whyte had won every round and was clearly the more skilled of the pair, but Povetkin found a punch of a lifetime to derail Whyte's world title hopes.
Whyte was hammered by a left uppercut that knocked him out cold with only 30 seconds of the fifth gone.
He was tended to immediately by medics, but eventually got to his feet.
Things had been going well for Whyte who had stung in some hard bodyshots in round two before he knocked Povetkin down twice in the fourth.
A right-left combination had the Russian on his haunches before a short uppercut put his opponent on the canvas again.
Everything looked to be clicking into place for Whyte, whose measured performance looked to be far too good for Povetkin, until that punch in the fifth.
vs Mariusz Wach, December 2019
A well below par Whyte won by unanimous decision over Poland's Mariusz Wach.
But afterwards the Brit made it clear boxing had not been at the forefront of his mind.
Whyte admitted he was "in a dark place a few months ago" and came into the bout "about a stone and a half overweight".
He even admitted he had thought about walking away from the sport after claiming: "I've been screwed over the last couple of months."
Despite beating his durable opponent, Whyte told Sky Sports: "I boxed nowhere near my standard."
In truth, it was a workmanlike performance against an opponent who now has seven defeats on his card. And a display you can almost wipe from the records given Whyte's poor mental and physical shape.
vs Oscar Rivas, July 2019
Whyte survived a ninth-round knockdown to defeat previously undefeated Colombian Oscar Rivas.
Rivas, who has just the one defeat on his record, caught Whyte with a punishing uppercut which floored the Brixton man.
Whyte recovered though with the fight going the distance with the Brit winning by a unanimous 115-112 115-112 116-111 decision.
There was no hint the fight would go 12 rounds when Whyte caught his opponent in the second with a straight right hand. With Rivas buzzed, Whyte charged in to try and finish the job, but Rivas ducked and weaved and managed to survive.
Whyte's early power had kept Rivas at arms length, but he managed to put Whyte on the floor in the ninth, for only the third time in his career.
Rivas could not capitalise though and Whyte deservedly got the decision on the cards.
vs Dereck Chisora, December 2018
Whyte delivered a brutal 11th-round knockout after a chopping left hand saw Chisora floored.
Chisora's constant pressure had made for a pulsating contest. He was even up on two out of three judges' scorecards at the time of the stoppage, despite having two points deducted.
But he left himself open to a punishing left hand which caught him flush on the jaw.
The fight had started in explosive fashion with both Brits throwing bombs at each other.
Chisora continued to come forward and landed some good shots of his own with a right hook in the eighth getting through Whyte's defence.
Whyte though looked the more accomplished and a disciplined performance ended up with a ruthless finish.