Tyson Fury is the next of the heavyweight elites to step back in the ring. This follows recent displays by Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua, the latter shockingly losing his belts to Andy Ruiz Jr last weekend. If ever there was a perfect display of how boxing upsets happen out of nowhere, it was in Ruiz persisting to knock down the previously undefeated Joshua. That was a result which blew the division open.
Now it will be all eyes on who gets a shot at Ruiz next, while Joshua gets pushed into the background. This will be Fury’s first bout back after that astounding draw against Wilder back in December. That was some fight between two of the division’s top fighters, twice Fury getting up from the canvas to stick around and become the first of Wilder’s opponents to stop the American from winning a bout.
It was fascinating to see in the fight though, that it was Fury who was miles ahead of the Bronze Bomber in terms of actual boxing skills. He outboxed his opponent easily, but then Wilder is the one with all the power punches. For Fury that was his first professional fight without a win as well, taking his record on to W27 D1 from his 28 fights.
Fury keeps eyes on the prize
Fury will be out at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada for his next fight which will be against German challenger Tom Schwarz. He will have bigger targets on his mind for the future of course. He will want another crack at Wilder and of course, likely Ruiz. A much-anticipated bout between Fury and Joshua is likely on the backburner for a long time, unless Fury were to lose this.
The heavyweight division is in great shape at the moment. Fury is one of the elite and now Ruiz is in the mix and there’s Dillian Whyte closing the gap on all of them. Fights between any of those are going to be big headlining fixtures. So while they have all been doing their own thing by and large, mostly avoiding each other, there is still a sense of danger around.
As Joshua just found out, any slip up by any of the top-fighters against the lesser-challengers would throw a major spanner in the works of trying to lock down a monster purse of those headlining feature bouts. So even though the challenge of Schwarz isn’t going to be as difficult as the one from Wilder was, Fury still has to tread carefully, not get complacent or take his eye off the ball.
So who is Schwarz?
Is Schwarz likely to pose a major threat to Fury? 25-year-old Schwarz will be stepping into the big time in this one. This will be, without question, the biggest fight of his career. He claimed the vacant Inter-Continental heavyweight title back in April 2017 which he has defended four times, most recently against Kristhian Krstacic in March of this year. It has been three straight knockout wins by the German.
That win over Krastic moved Schwarz onto a 24-0 pro career record. Still, he hasn’t met anyone of Fury’s calibre before. He is a big man and only going to be giving up a few inches to Fury. This will only be his second fight ever outside of his home country. It is a fact that his record so far has been against unrecognizable names. But then he will bring the scrappy underdog, unknown type of challenge into the ring.
Fury is the hot favourite at -3703 for the money line. That really says it all and therefore the real value in this fight is going to come in Rounds Betting and in Method of Victory. The basic question here, with Fury being such a heavyweight favourite for the fight, is, can he stop his opponent?
You are looking at around the -200 money line for a stoppage victory by the British boxer. Fury is such a smart, calculated and tactical fighter, it’s hard to see Schwarz really getting close enough to do a great deal of damage. Also, Schwarz is a slow mover in the ring. Fury at times looks a bit laboured, but he’s always moving and is superb on his feet. That’s his awkward style.
But it means that Fury is likely going to keep plenty of distance between himself and Schwarz and there really hasn’t been a lot on show that Schwarz possesses the punching power to take down Fury. Schwarz has a lot of vulnerability in his game on the inside and you can imagine that under the bright lights on such a star-studded, overwhelming night that he may come out all-guns-blazing and burn himself out quickly.
It’s likely to be a first career defeat for the German in this one. But then at the end of the day at +1760 underdog he does bring that x-factor to the table. Just as Ruiz did against Joshua. Who really knows the extent of the German’s punching power at the top of the game? Who knows just how strong his chin is against the best in the world? These are things that not even the fighter himself knows but will find out in Las Vegas.