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Tyson Fury v Tom Schwarz: Gypsy King to avoid banana skin and keep himself in contention

Tyson Fury v Tom Schwarz: Gypsy King to avoid banana skin and keep himself in contention

Tyson Fury v Tom Schwarz
Sunday, 04:00
Live on BT Sport

Fury remains professional

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has been active on social media since blasting out fellow American Dominic Breazeale in a round last month. The Bronze Bomber promises fans the rematch with Tyson Fury has been agreed and many sports sites have gone further and suggested a trilogy is already down in writing.

At a time when many fighters appear to be looking beyond one opponent and sizing up who they will face next, it’s refreshing to see Tyson Fury remain professional in the face of these distractions. The former heavyweight champion of the world is scheduled to face Tom Schwarz at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas this weekend and that has his full attention.

Armchair fans can follow the action live on BT Sport in the early hours of Sunday morning and Betfair ensure it’s a fight worth setting your alarm for. A number of exciting markets are offered across the Sportsbook and Exchange, including fight winner, method of victory and total rounds.

Tyson is back for the good of boxing

Tyson Fury takes part in what will be his 29th professional contest with a proud unbeaten record, reading 27 wins against one draw. The spare on his CV came in controversial circumstances when suffering a split decision draw with Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles late last year. Many fight fans on both sides of the Atlantic were of the opinion the Englishman had done enough to wrestle the WBC title from his big-punching rival, but a level finish was the result. The scorecards that night read 114-112 Fury, 115-111 Wilder, 113-113.

There was no question Tyson’s polished boxing skills and fast combinations were the most noticeable aspects of that bout, but the Manchester man was dropped twice inside the final four rounds and a couple of 10-8 scores helped close the gap. Fury believed he did enough to win and called it a moral victory, but the American kept the belt. Regardless of your opinion on the scoring in LA, one thing was obvious – Tyson Fury was back, and the heavyweight division was about to get a lot more interesting as a result.

A quick-fire rematch was expected but that fell flat at the negotiating table, as is often the case at this level, and both men chose other options. Wilder met Breazeale and demolished him quickly, putting the pressure on his rival to do the same vs Schwarz this weekend. Tyson is no better than [1.06] on the Betfair Exchange to win the fight, with a 20th career KO/TKO priced at 4/9 on the Sportsbook. There you’ll find 7/4 for a points victory.

Take nothing for granted

You’d be forgiven for not knowing too much about opponent Tom Schwarz and he has been written off across the board as a no-hoper going into this contest. If we’ve learned anything from the heavyweight division over the last few weeks, however, it’s that we can take nothing for granted. It’s always a dangerous game to write off any fighter at any level, especially the sport’s top division. That was never more obvious than when seeing Andy Ruiz Jr knock out Anthony Joshua in New York earlier this month.

Ruiz’s win over AJ goes down as one of the biggest upsets the sport has ever seen, but it won’t be the last and that’s why boxing continues to grow in popularity across the globe. 25-year-old German Tom Schwarz would’ve caught up on the Joshua-Ruiz fight and thought there’s no reason why he can’t go and do something similar in Vegas against Fury. The betting is dead against him winning but that will count for nothing when the first bell goes and, from there, it’ll be a meeting of two big men throwing big punches. This will be a fascinating fight, while it lasts.

Schwarz remains unbeaten in 24 and has a 67% knockout average, having stopped 16 of his opponents to date. This bout represents a real step up in class from what he’s used to, but the underdog will arrive in Sin City confident he has what it takes to compete. He’s unbeaten, young, fresh and free from the wear and tear that comes from a tough career. Schwarz is on a run of knockout wins and has fought no more than six rounds in any of his last half dozen bouts. He’s [15.5] to win the fight on the Exchange. Remember, Fury was dropped twice by Wilder last time. What damage has that done? A Schwarz KO/TKO is 20/1 on the Sportsbook.

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