Tyson Fury vs Tom Schwarz fight LIVE: Stream, UK start time, round-by-round latest updates and how to watch on TV
Schwarz is not in the class of the new WBO, WBA and IBF world heavyweight champion, but Fury’s erratic nature always presents the potential for an upset.
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Tyson Fury vs Tom Schwarz
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When Tyson Fury turned heavyweight boxing on its head in 2015 by toppling Wladimir Klitschko, a 22-year-old German by the name of Tom Schwarz watched on from the crowd after shelling out over £700 on a ticket.
Like many, Schwarz had expected the Ukrainian icon to despatch the upstart from the north of England and continue his reign of dominance as the division’s undisputed king. It all went wrong for Klitschko that night and things did not go so well for Fury in the months that followed.
“I was in the crowd as a fan that night,” Schwarz tells the Independent. “I paid €800, man!”
“I enjoyed it a lot. After the sixth round I said to my friend: ‘Fuck, I think Tyson Fury is going to win this’. I didn’t imagine I’d end up fighting him myself here in Vegas.”
After claiming the WBO, WBA and IBF titles on that night in the Esprit Arena, a well-documented battle against drink, drugs and crippling depression prevented Fury from ever defending the belts. He returned to the ring 12 months ago and what he describes as his ‘second career’ is now three fights old.
Tale of the tape
Tyson Fury fights for the first time in Las Vegas, against Germany’s Tom Schwarz at the MGM Grand, on Saturday night.
Fury was 18st 11lbs at Friday’s weigh-in, significantly heavier than his opponent, who was 17st 7.5lbs.
Here, Press Association Sport examines how the two fighters compare.
Fury v Schwarz:
30 Age 25
28 Fights 24
27 Wins 24
19 KOs 16
1 Draws 0
0 Losses 0
172 Rounds boxed 89
6ft 9in Height 6ft 5.5in
Orthodox Stance Orthodox
85in/216cm Reach N/A
18st 11lbs Weight 17st 7.5lbs
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The home favourite had to dig deep to keep hold of his title in a fight far removed from his previous all-action title clashes with Lee Selby and Carl Frampton.
The home favourite gained the verdict by 116-112 and 116-113 on two of the judges’ scorecards with Howard Foster favouring the challenger by 115-113.Warrington admitted: “I think there was a lot of expectation after my last two performances, but they’re not all going to be fights of the year.
“Everyone builds it up like it’s going to be a war but I knew he was going to come with that typical Sheffield style.
“There were times when he was holding and grabbing the back of my head. You’ve got to come into a champion’s back-yard and take it off him, and that didn’t happen.”
After years of promising to never set foot in Las Vegas unless he was there to fight, Tyson Fury finally takes his place among the other main attractions on The Strip this Saturday.
But although his face this week adorns billboards all over the most famous corner of the Nevada desert, vying for space alongside David Copperfield and Cirque du Soleil, Fury insists his own particular show is now over.
The self-anointed ‘Gypsy King’, who faces undefeated German Tom Schwarz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night, has often been one of the sport’s biggest contradictions.
A 6ft 9in heavyweight with more agility than a lot of boxers half his size, a man who has spoken of his desire to clinch the WBC title which continues to elude him while also insisting that championship belts belong in the dustbin. Someone who says money means nothing to him but then highlights the size of the pay-check for this weekend’s work as a means to stave off complacency against Schwarz.
After applying the finishing touches to his Las Vegas training camp, Fury admits he has been happy to adopt a persona at odds with his own personality during a professional boxing career which turned 10 years old in December. Over a decade on, the 30-year-old is adamant his acting days are over despite the glitz and glamour of his Las Vegas debut.
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Fury must win to maintain momentum after signing with US heavyweight promoters Top Rank.
The rematch with Deontay Wilder is tantalisingly close and now the biggest fight arguably in the sport after Andy Ruiz upset Anthony Joshua two weeks ago.
When and where is the boxing?
Tonight’s main event ring walk times are expected around 4.30am UK time, and 11.30pm ET. The fight night takes place at the MGM Grand in the Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Where can I watch it?
If you’re in the UK, it’ll be on BT Sport Box Office at a price of £19.95.
What is the full fight card?
It’s a stacked one.
- Peter Kadiru vs Juan Torres
- Sonny Conto vs Daniel Infante
- Guido Vianello vs Keenan Hickmon
- Cem Kilic vs Martez McGregor
- Andy Vences vs Albert Bell
- Isaac Lowe vs Duarn Vue
- Mikaela Mayer vs Lizbeth Crespo
- Sullivan Barrera vs Jesse Hart
- Tyson Fury vs Tom Schwarz
What are the odds?
Fury to win: 1/25
Ruiz to win: 12/1
Fury by KO: 1/2
Fury on points: 15/8
Schwarz by KO: 22/1
Schwarz on points: 33/1
How to watch?
You can order the fight on BT Sport Box Office, which can be streamed on mobile devices or through the BT Sport Box Office website. Alternatively, stay with us for all the action and reaction from Vegas.