Anthony Joshua insists Tyson Fury is to blame for their undisputed showdown collapsing — but believes it can still be resurrected.
Joshua, 31, was set to put his WBO, WBA Super and IBF world heavyweight titles on the line against WBC champion Fury this summer.
But Deontay Wilder forced a third fight with the undefeated Gypsy King, which is due to take place in Las Vegas on July 24.
And AJ, who is now expected to face mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk in late-September, has not given up hope of securing the bout the boxing world has been crying out for.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: "Usyk doesn't determine the Fury fight.
"The Fury fight has to happen. It's a big fight, bigger than boxing, bigger than the belts.
"It will happen. After the Usyk fight, after I defend my belts. The fight will be bigger, better than what it would have been."
Pointing the finger squarely at Team Fury for the money-spinning bout being put on the backburner, AJ added: "Unfortunately, his team let the whole boxing world down.
"I will still be here, still ready to put on a show.
"End of the year. Let me get past Usyk first. But with or without Usyk in my life, I will fight Fury.
"Usyk isn't the be-all and end-all."