The Gypsy King is defending his lineal heavyweight title on June 15th against Tom Schwarz at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. In what will be the first in the multi-fight agreement co-promoted by Top Rank and Frank Warren’s Queensbury Promotions, it will be the headline fight of the night, and sure to be worth the wait
It’s a title that Fury has had since November 2015, when he gained it from the long-time campaign Wladimir Klitschko after a unanimous decision. It was after the win that a host of personal problems happened for Fury, with his new-found celebrity status not helping matters. He weight went up to over 400lbs and it seemed like he would never defend his title. His comeback in 2018 has made him into something of a boxing legend. After all, everyone loves a good underdog story. His last fight was disputed draw against WBC champion Deontay Wilder in December, after coming back from a knockdown in the 12th round. This has only gone on to promote his unbeaten status.
Schwarz 24-year-old German native who has fought all but one of his fights in his home country. This will be his first bout outside of Europe. He holds the WBO Intercontinental belt, won in 2017, and has defended it with success four times. His most recent challenger was Kristijan Krstacic, who he knocked down three times in the second round – scoring him the stoppage.
Schwarz has certainly climbed up the ranks, and he hasn’t gone the distance in his past six fights. Like Ruiz against Joshua, a win against Fury would cement him into to the ranks of boxing heroes. He might not have the highest of profiles just yet, but he is young and ambitions, and is No. 2 in the WBO ranking,
It will be Fury’s first-time boxing in the fight capital of the world, and if sparring practice is anything to go by, it’s sure to be a show. The main aim of this fight is to promote Fury, so it’s designed to be a feast for the eyes. As far as betting goes however, it could still swing either way. Fury is strong, but his draw against Wilder means that he needs a win this time around. Another draw is unlikely, with odds stacked against it at 40/1. Even more unlikely however, is for the German to win on points or decision, with odds at 66/1. Coming in 6ft 9in, Fury always has a height advantage, although Schwarz comes in at a respectable 6ft 5in.
Shopping around before placing your bet is advised, particularly if you have a specific round wins in mind. The betting sites all have varying odds at the minute, and of course they’re changing every day. As more information of training and health filters in, they’ll continue to swing, so it’s a good idea to look up the odds from a range of sites and we also recommend to Compare the best betting sites in the UK at Freebets.com. As in stands currently, Fury is still the bookies firm favourite for the match, with odds on the average bet for Fury to win 1/33. Tom Schwarz stands as undefeated however, with an impressive 16 knockouts under his belt to Fury’s 19.
With Antony Joshua’s first professional defeat to Andy Ruiz last weekend still fresh in people’s minds, that is likely to continue to turn the odds in Schwarz’s favour, so some tactical betting is advised to make to most of the updated odds. As it stands, Schwarz to win is 16/1 on most sites. Who will win? It’s difficult to tell. Both have a strong record; Schwarz is said to be fast on his feet, and Fury has proven that he can be touched after the draw with Wilder, but Fury’s fans are sure to be out in force as well. It will still prove to be a tough match for the young German, particularly as he’s never fought outside of Europe.