Fury finally makes his debut on The Strip
Tyson Fury will once again stake his claim to be the world’s heavyweight when he takes on Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas on 15th June.
Despite the recent shock defeat of former world champion Anthony Joshua by Andy Ruiz Jr, the odds are not in the underdog’s favour here as bookmakers don’t expect a similar outcome. The bout comes two weeks after the heavyweight division was left haging in the air, so Fury will be under pressure to impress. Have a look at our recommended odds here.
Fury, who styles himself as the Gypsy King, has mocked his fellow Briton over the defeat. And he insists that following his draw with undefeated WBC champion Deontay Wilder last December, he is the major attraction in the heavyweight business.
Fury has said he will retire if he is beaten this weekend because it would show that he is a “shot fighter”.
This fight is part of a marketing plan to introduce the flamboyant Fury to Las Vegas and to build him up towards becoming a household name in the US on behalf of the broadcaster ESPN.
Schwarz was picked as an opponent who will offer the chance for Fury to shine in his first fight with broadcasters ESPN before moving on to bigger challenges.
The 25-year-old German Schwarz is undefeated in 24 fights but has no names of any significance on his list of victims. Schwarz does not possess anything like the speed with which Ruiz troubled Joshua. Neither has he fought for a world title previously, as Ruiz had done.
Instead, Schwarz is seen as rather ponderous and robotic kind of fighter, although he does have decent punching power.
“If I lost to Andy Ruiz, I’d retire.” Fury said about Joshua, adding “ And if I lose to Tom Schwarz I’ll retire too. I’ll have the rematch first and if I lose again I’ll 100% retire. ‘I won’t delude myself and say it’s a mental issue or whatever. I’ll retire, I’ll be a man and say, “Listen, fair play, Tom Schwarz is a beast”. But I don’t see that happening because I don’t shit myself when I get into a boxing ring.”