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Tyson Fury dare not make any mistakes when he takes on the unbeaten German Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday morning. A loss to Schwarz would be a crushing blow as he continues his bid to regain the World Heavyweight title.
You might be wondering why this fight against Tom Schwarz is even happening. After his controversial draw with Deontay Wilder last year, a rematch for the WBC Heavyweight title looked inevitable. There appears to be no such thing in heavyweight boxing at present but there are big-money TV deals that make matchmaking so difficult.
Fury has a new multi-million television deal with Top Rank and that makes confirming a return with Wilder, who is on a different network, a difficult deal to make. Therefore, instead of a title rematch, Fury is pleasing his new bosses with this match against Schwarz. He plans to have three fights this year but with Wilder already due to defend against Luis Ortiz and Anthony Joshua having a rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr, Fury is out of the title picture until next year when two fights against Wilder are on the agenda.
All of that will change though if Fury fails to win this match and he’s 1/25 (1.04) at Bet365 to beat the undefeated German. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of performance Fury puts on in this fight. A bit less showboating would be appreciated as that may well have cost him the decision against Wilder. Judges aren’t going to give rounds to boxers who have their hands behind their back or up in the air or poke their tongue out at their opponent.
A convincing display is needed from Fury and he’s 1/2 (1.5) to win this fight by KO, TKO or disqualification. Fury has won only won one of his last four fights inside the distance and that was against blown-up cruiserweight Sefer Seferi. If you think this fight will go the distance with Fury getting the decision, you can get odds of 7/4 (1.75) at Betfair.
So just who is Tom Schwarz? Boxrec.com have the German ranked as their number 56 heavyweight which is a bit of a comedown for Fury after facing Wilder. Schwarz is unbeaten in his 24 professional fights and last fought in March of this year. He beat Kristijan Krstacic in two rounds to retain his WBO Inter-Continental Heavyweight title. He’s 16/1 (17.0) to beat Fury on Sunday if your bet is placed with Paddy Power.
None of his last six fights have gone the distance but his opponents are all lowly-ranked and this is a massive step up for Schwarz. His fights have been in Germany and his record is full of match-ups against boxers who were unlikely to beat him. He’s never even fought for a European title, so to suddenly travel to the USA and take on Fury is a big ask. You can get odds of 28/1 (29.0) at Betfred on him stopping Fury inside the distance when they meet on Sunday.
Neither of these boxers have lost a professional fight. Tyson Fury had won 27 consecutive fights before his draw with Deontay Wilder. His pro debut was made in 2008 and 19 of his wins have come inside the distance. Schwarz has a perfect 24-0 record and made his professional debut in 2013 and he has won 16 of his fights before the final bell. The odds on an a second consecutive draw for Fury are 40/1 (41.0) at Betfair.
Tyson Fury can’t afford any mistakes in this fight and a convincing win would further his claims for a title rematch with Deontay Wilder. His opponent is unbeaten but has been fighting at a lower level than Fury. A bet on Tyson Fury winning between rounds five and eight has odds of 2/1 (3.0) at SkyBet.