Tyson Fury Will Return to the Ring Against Undefeated Contender Tom Schwarz
Coming off one of the biggest fights of his career, undefeated heavyweight Tyson Fury will face dangerous German boxer Tom Schwarz this weekend in Las Vegas.
Updated: June 12, 2019 • 12:15 PM ET
Tyson Fury will look to keep his unbeaten record this weekend.
Coming off a controversial draw to WBC champion Deontay Wilder in December, heavyweight contender and undefeated former champion Tyson Fury will return to the boxing ring this Saturday to take on undefeated fighter Tom Schwarz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Despite being knocked down twice during the fight with Wilder, many people believe Fury did enough to win the bout. After the second knockdown in the 12th round, it was nearly miraculous that Fury was even able to get back up. His warrior spirit won over many fans, which has them clamoring for a second fight with Wilder.
Before a possible rematch happens, however, Fury must first deal with the lesser known Schwarz, a 25-year-old German fighter with a 24-0 record and 16 knockouts. Fury, however, claims he’s not looking past Schwarz.
“As we saw last week, you can never overlook anybody,” Fury said during a recent conference call referring to Andy Ruiz Jr.’s massive upset over former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. “This is heavyweight boxing and Tom Schwarz knows that if he beats Tyson Fury, then he's set for life. He becomes a multimillionaire, he gets to headline big shows and all his dreams come true.
“So, am I going to underestimate a guy like that? I don’t think so. Not at all.”
When asked what he knows about the not well-known Schwarz, Fury said, “Everything I know about him is I’m going to break his jaw and smash his ribs in. Apart from that I don't know much about him. I'm going to give him a black eye, a thick lip and maybe he might lose a few teeth, who knows?”
Fury continued, “Do you think I need to look at videos of boxers? Please…I’ll figure him out within the first five seconds of the fight because that’s what I do.”
The biggest win of Fury’s career came against Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, when he defeated the former champ for the IBF, WBA and WBO titles. The 30-year-old Brit then took a nearly three-year absence from boxing, immersing himself in alcohol and drugs. Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) cited severe depression as the reason for his behavior away from the ring.
"It doesn't get any darker than not wanting to live," Fury recently told ESPN’s “E:60.” “That's as dark as it can go, I suppose. And that's where I was at in my life.
“I prayed to God to kill me. I'd wake up in the morning and I'd say, 'Why did I wake up again? Why am I back in this place I don't want to be?”
Despite the draw with Wilder, Fury believes he’s one of the greatest comeback stories of all time and is just happy being himself now.
“To be honest, I’m still the same old person,” Fury said. “I don’t change with fame or glory or money or anything, but the love from the fans is very important to me. I was an outlaw of boxing, I was the bad guy and always had to play that role.
“But now in the comeback, I’m just being myself and I think the fans have really warmed to me and got to know me a lot more than they did before. This time, it’s the man behind the mask rather than me acting all the time and putting on a pantomime villain show.”
Fury continued, “I’m good at that role (villain), but to be adored by the fans and loved and people wanting you to do well is a lot better than people wanting you to get knocked out and people wishing bad things all the time. So, I’m seeing what the other side of it’s like now and I really enjoy it better. I hope to keep going and keep moving forward in the right direction and keep inspiring people and keep winning.”
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Schwarz is also confident heading into Saturday’s fight and believes he can shock the world, much like Ruiz did earlier this month.
"I have had a long, long period of preparation, it's been a double preparation because of the intensity," Schwarz said via the Daily Mirror. "I'm fit and focused on the fight, I’m well-prepared and I've had sparring partners the same as Tyson Fury. I have seen all of his fights several times with my coaches and we have analyzed his skills, but we have also worked out how to behave against a fighter like Tyson.
"I have big balls and a big heart, I am a surprise package."
Schwarz is coming off a knockout victory over Kristijan Krstacic in March, but Fury would undoubtedly represent his greatest victory to date. He acknowledged Fury’s skill heading into the fight.
"Tyson Fury is the best fighter in the world, but most of our behaviors are similar,” Schwarz said. “We are both a little crazy!"
When Fury returns to the ring on Saturday, he won’t lack the desire to keep his unbeaten record.
“When you're getting paid as much as I am, motivation is easy, very easy,” Fury said about fighting an opponent who isn’t widely recognized. “This is a big fight. This is a massive attraction fight in the U.K., Europe, America. This is going to be epic. This is going to be the battle of behemoths.”