By Jordan Ellis @JordanEllisUK
Hot on the heels of Andy Ruiz’s incredible upset victory, another heavyweight will look to overcome the odds and dethrone the man who is widely considered king of the heavyweight division.
Tyson Fury (26-0-1) will put his lineal title and #1 ring magazine ranking on the line against a huge underdog in Tom Schwarz (24-0). A fight many bemoaned as a mismatch on its announcement now has added intrigue as the world once again realised absolutely anything can happen when two heavyweights are trading leather.
Fury heads stateside
With the US boxing market exploding it is likely we have seen the last Tyson Fury fight on British s.
Having committed to a long-term exclusive deal with Top Rank and ESPN for the rights to showcase his fights, a deal which makes a return to a British ring unlikely.
Fury demanded a figure reported to be $100m and the partnership will see Fury box primetime stateside for the foreseeable future.
The deal also saw the collapse of a WBC ordered rematch between Fury and its champion Deontay Wilder. Team Fury withdrew from the fight in the immediate aftermath of the Top Rank link up.
According to Bob Arum the rematch will be delayed allowing maximum exposure and ensuring the fighters are correctly paid for the mega-fight.
“We will use Fury vs Schwarz to show the public this Tyson Fury personality and then maybe another fight after that.
“Then, when we do another fight between Fury and Wilder, we will shoot for two million or more PPV buys so the two fighters make humongous money”.
As Arum said, this is a showcase fight. Tyson Fury needs to win and win well, and I expect him to do just that.
Fury should be able to use his quick feet and fast hands to dance rings around a far inferior opponent all night.
Tom Schwarz has no business being in with the consensus number one at heavyweight, but he is and whilst he is he’s got the chance of pulling off another gargantuan upset.
A shock from Schwarz?
An undefeated fighter, boasting a 24-0 record is being dismissed in this fight. He stands at 6’6 and has a powerful physique but he’s believed to have no chance against Tyson Fury.
But its heavyweight boxing and anything can happen. Tom Schwarz like any fighter is confident he has got what it takes to cause another meteoric shock in the world of boxing.
“While I appreciate Tyson as a great fighter and a sportsman, I am young and ambitious. I’m also in the top 15 of the world rankings.
“I‘ve won 24 fights. I’ve got nothing to lose. My 25th victory will come against Fury.”
The problem for Schwarz lays not with his lack of top-level opposition, many fighters have leaped up levels in class and looked brilliant.
The key issue is how he’s looked against the opponents he’s already faced. At no point has Schwarz looked like a fighter capable to making the jump into the upper echelons of the heavyweight division.
A fighter who was losing to Senad Gashi before being on the right side of a DQ call. Gashi the same man who last time out fought a horrendous fight against Dereck Chisora
It only takes one punch, but you’ve got to land it. Tyson Fury is hard to hit on his worst day and pretty much untouchable on his best.
Tom Schwarz will need to be busy, be active with heavy shots and disrupt the Fury rhythm at every chance he gets.
Most importantly Tom Schwarz will have to be much, much better than any version of Tom Schwarz we have ever seen before.
A mammoth ask for the undefeated German heavyweight.
A stoppage, a must for Tyson Fury
Tyson Fury’s and Bob Arum’s plans to increase his popularity could well back fire even with a victory against Tom Schwarz.
Fury may well be the best heavyweight in the world but style wise he is not. Amazingly elusive he is often content using his boxing skills to outpoint his opponent and dominate the fight over the distance. Sometimes meaning viewers get a dull affair.
A performance reminiscent of what we saw against Francesco Pianeta will not be enough to please fight fans.
His profile already suffering due to his withdrawal from the Wilder rematch, could suffer further should he look uninspiring during his ESPN debut.
A big performance and a big knockout to match the big personality that is Tyson Fury is a necessity come fight night. As he looks to capitalise on his inspiring comeback story and become a world champion once again.