Last Saturday, at the world renowned MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the Mancunian “Gypsy King” Tyson Fury put on a dazzling display against German prospect Tom Schwarz. Winning in the second round via TKO.
In typical Fury fashion, the build up was entertaining from the weigh in, which saw Fury posing jovially with his opponent Tom Schwarz, who joined in with the big mans antics. On fight night, Fury walked to the ring dressed in the colours of the American flag, complete with Uncle Sam style top hat, a nod to fictional fighter Apollo Creed.
Once the first bell went, Fury was all business, establishing his jab and moving gracefully around the ring, a constant surprise to boxing fans who are still in awe at the 6ft9 giants mobility. It was clear early on that Schwarz definitely came to fight, but was severely over-matched against the former unified and lineal champion. Fury, understanding the difference in levels kept restrained from his usual showboating and mockery and remained focused. In the second, Fury switched to a southpaw stance, keen to put on a display for the American fans and with his confidence sky high. Tysons left hand from the southpaw stance began breaking through Schwarz’s guard, busting his nose and quickly unravelling the brave German. An 8-punch flurry from Schwarz stunned the crowd with Fury evading all of the punches with his hands down. It is a very rare occasion when comparisons should be made to Muhammad Ali, but this may be one of them. Moments after this unsuccessful barrage, Fury responded with a 2 punch combo straight through his opponents guard, dropping Schwarz to the canvas. When the underdog regained his feet, Fury pummelled him in the corner until the referee was forced to stop the fight.
Although clearly a mismatch, this fight helped remind fans of Furys standing in the heavyweight division. An entertaining, extravagant, highly technical, talented fighter who’s infectious energy can even have his opponents smiling. After the bout, Fury went to Schwarz dressing room to pay his respects, promise him a leg up in the future for being a great sportsman and tell Toms father he should be proud of his son.