Joseph Parker's promoters will pursue a world title unification clash with Deontay Wilder next year if Hughie Fury's promoters turns down his mandatory challenge in April.
Duco Events' David Higgins told UK Sky Sports that the unbeaten Parker, now holder of the WBO heavyweight belt, will not "dodge" the top heavyweights and is prepared to take on Wilder, the American who holds the WBC belt.
Wilder is currently 'champion in recess' after suffering a broken hand and a torn bicep in his July victory over Chris Arreola. Wilder has sat out the rest of 2016 following two surgeries but is expected to be back in the ring early next year.
Briton David Haye was set to face the winner of Parker and Andy Ruiz Jr within 120 days, but opted instead for a big domestic clash with Tony Bellew on March 4.
Higgins confirmed Duco had already opened talks about a possible mandatory defence against Fury, although a unification fight with WBC champion Wilder could be a preferred option.
"If we are required to fight Hughie Fury, then that simplifies things a bit," Duco Events' director David Higgins told Sky Sports.
"We are clarifying that at the moment. If the opponent is required to be Hughie Fury then we'll assess the pros and cons of holding it in England versus holding it in New Zealand, and we wouldn't rule out either.
"We would consider all options. The other thing is to reach out to Al Haymon's people about Deontay Wilder, potentially seeking to unify all of the belts.
"My understanding is that if we go to unify, it potentially overrides the mandatory, so that means we have options. We are not scared of anyone, we're not going to look to pad or dodge - we want to unify."
Anthony Joshua was expected to defend his belt against Parker, but the IBF mandatory challenger turned his attention to the WBO title after the British heavyweight entered talks over a future fight with Wladimir Klitschko.
Joshua swept aside Eric Molina in three rounds to set up a Wembley fight with Klitschko on April 29 and Higgins believes a Parker-Wilder fight would be a welcome addition to the undercard.
"Whether Eddie Hearn is willing to have two heavyweight title fights on the one card, we don't know," said Higgins.
"We could have Wilder-Parker and Joshua-Klitschko on the same card and then the winner of each fight could fight off against each other.
"I guess the other wild card option is if Tyson Fury sorts himself out and wants a shot back at his belt, because I think the WBO said once he is fit again, he could ask for a shot back. Once again that is something we would look at."