Tyson Fury says he would be willing to throw all his belts in the bin to get a mega-fight with heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua back on.
The pair looked set to meet in Saudi Arabia when a deal was struck earlier this year.
The British blockbuster though was soon left dead in the water by Deontay Wilder's arbitration hearing.
Fury was instead ordered to face Wilder for a third time by September 15 - a fight which was postponed after Fury and his camp tested positive for Covid-19.
The fight with Wilder has now been rescheduled for Saturday, October 9 in Las Vegas with the Brit the heavy 1/3 favourite to defeat the American for a second time.
The 'Gypsy King' though still has a huge appetite to fight IBF, WBA and WBO world champion Joshua, even though AJ believes his rival continues to duck the British blockbuster.
"We've done everything we can to make this happen," AJ told Gary Neville's The Overlap Podcast recently.
Fury ready to go AWOL
Fury though told The Overlap Podcast: "I have never been optimistic about this fight happening.
"Even when the deal was done, I was never optimistic. Guess what? It never happened.
"I do think, sooner or later, it has to happen.
"Even if we go AWOL, throw all the belts in the bin, to fight each other? I would do that. But I'm not sure he would be willing to do that."
Joshua instead will fight former cruiserweight Oleksandr Usyk on September 25 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The Watford-born fighter is the 2/5 favourite against Usyk. But Usyk is a skilful operator and since moving up to heavyweight he has beaten Chazz Witherspoon and Derek Chisora.
The undefeated southpaw from Ukraine is the former undisputed champion at cruiserweight, the 2018 World Boxing Super Series winner and retired Tony Bellew at 200lbs.
Bellew has labelled Usyk an "amazing talent" and the "best fighter I ever fought", but he thinks AJ's size will be too much for Usyk.
Fury: I would take AJ out in six
Fury though believes he would not take long in getting Joshua out of there if the two were ever to meet.
Responding to Joshua's claims that "I'll smoke that guy", Fury told Neville: "AJ couldn't smoke a cigarette, never mind smoke the 'Gypsy King'. He hasn't got the minerals to smoke me.
"The difference between me and him? He's a businessman and I'm a Spartan. I'll show him that when I get in the ring.
"I will absolutely annihilate that bodybuilder.
"He wouldn't go past six rounds. It would be over quickly. He knows that and his whole team knows it."