Before you completely dismiss Tom Schwarz’s chances in his heavyweight showdown with Tyson Fury on Saturday on ESPN+, hear what Schwarz had to say at a media conference this past week.
“Coaching for this fight was quite good,” he said this week. “We had hundreds of sparring partners to get ready for this major struggle. My timing is now.”
OK, now don’t hesitate to resume your disbelief of Schwarz. You would not be alone in that.
Though the odds have come in Schwarz’s favor, he is nevertheless a +1100 underdog, which means that you’d make $1,100 with a $100 wager (he had been, at one point, +1400). Fury, meanwhile, is -3000 (down from a high of -5000). So, even though Schwarz is undefeated with a decent knockout percentage, the struggle for Fury’s lineal heavyweight championship, probably will not be competitive. Fury, after all, is world class, and Schwarz hasn’t fought anyone near that caliber.
Nonetheless, there are lots of reasons to watch Fury vs. Schwarz. Listed below are just three of them.
1) Fury’s courage can not be unquestioned: Fury’s career continues to be topsy-turvy since winning the heavyweight championship from Wladimir Klitschko in 2015. He missed 31 months while battling his own personal demons, and somehowhe returned to the ring just as good, if not better and more concentrated. That reveals courage. And then, after outboxing Deontay Wilder for the majority of their struggle last December, he somehow found the decision to rise from a complete monster mix from Wilder that nearly knocked him out. The fact Fury is fighting again as great as , after what he’s put himself is wonderful.
“Eighteen months ago, I was at a very, very dark place,” Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) said. “I just wanted to prove to people that there’s a way backagain. You can return from anything. Nothing is impossible, and if you’d seen me that a while ago when I was quite heavy and very unwell… I’m living proof that anyone can change.
“I was out and down. I have my loved ones right here, as well as those guys thought I was gone. There was no yield for’The Gypsy King.’ No more. He was finished. I dusted myself off, got back to the road, got back emotionally well, and me, [coach ] Ben [Davison] and also the entire team, we worked very hard for a long time to get to the place.”