Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury will face the undefeated Tom Schwarz on June 15th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Fury, who faced WBC champion Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles last year, will be fighting for the first time in Las Vegas. Schwarz will be making his USA debut. The fight will be broadcast live on ESPN+ in the USA and on BT Sport Box Office (PPV) in the UK.
Tale of the Tape – Fury vs. Schwarz
|Tyson Fury||Tom Schwarz|
|Record||27-0-1 (19 KOs)||24-0-0 (16 KOs)|
|Nickname||“The Gypsy King”||–|
Fight Breakdown – Fury vs. Schwarz
“The Gypsy King” Tyson Fury became a household name in the UK when he defeated Wladimir Klitschko back in 2015 to become the unified heavyweight champion of the world. Since then, Fury has had well-documented ups and downs both inside and outside of the ring. Nevertheless, he has remained undefeated and has become one of the sport’s biggest names. In his American debut in December of last year, Fury outboxed undefeated WBC champ Deontay Wilder in almost every round and overcame a devastating twelfth-round knockdown to complete an excellent performance that resulted in a controversial draw. With a Wilder rematch on the horizon, Fury looks to stay busy and continue to build his brand in the United States against Schwarz.
Tom Schwarz comes into this fight as a heavy underdog. Even most hardcore boxing fans had never heard of the German slugger when his fight with Fury was announced. Undefeated in twenty-four professional fights, Schwarz became the WBO inter-continental heavyweight champion when he defeated Adnan Redzovic (of Bosnia and Herzegovina) in 2017. Schwarz has defended the title multiple times, but has never faced a top-tier opponent.
Schwarz is an aggressive fighter with decent hand speed and power. The 25-year-old is also a smart fighter with some decent boxing skills and solid defense. At 6’5″ and 245 pounds, he is also a relatively big heavyweight (though against Tyson Fury he will be at a size disadvantage). Schwarz has been knocked down before, but he seems to have a pretty sturdy chin.
Tyson Fury’s boxing ability is well-known in the sport. At 6’9″ with excellent footwork, head movement, and the ability to switch stances, he is a very hard fighter to pin down and hit. Fury’s biggest weakness against top opposition is his lack of explosive power. He can punch, but he does not blow fighters away like some of the other top fighters in the division.
Schwarz is almost certainly not going to win by decision (and he has admitted that), so for him to win this fight he is going to have to catch Fury. Tyson Fury does a good job of clinching and holding whenever shorter opponents get on the inside, so Schwarz will need to do his best to fight Fury at medium range while using footwork to keep from getting grabbed and held. For Fury, he should use his footwork and jab to keep Schwarz at range. If he does not throw punches, Schwarz will be able to find his way in and could land something big.
Prediction – Fury vs. Schwarz
I predict a unanimous decision victory for Tyson Fury. Schwarz is very underrated, but if Fury sticks to his gameplan he should be able to outbox him en route to a wide decision win. I expect Schwarz to put up a high guard and try to walk Fury down, but I do not think he will be able to hit him with anything clean.
Now, if Fury gets complacent and overconfident, he will be putting himself at risk of getting knocked out. Schwarz has good hand speed and is a great combination puncher, very similar to Andy Ruiz Jr. who stopped Anthony Joshua to win three of the four major heavyweight titles a couple of weeks ago. He should not be underestimated in this one.
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