Heavyweight boxing comes to us from the MGM Grand, Las Vegas this weekend as Tyson Fury takes on Tom Schwarz over 12 rounds. No title is on the line in this bout, but with the sport’s top division wide open following Andy Ruiz’s win over Anthony Joshua earlier this month, there’s everything to play for. All the world titles are currently shared by two American fighters, meaning it’s up to the Brits to save face and claw their way back into contention. Here are our top Tyson Fury v Tom Schwarz betting tips.
Joshua will get the chance to claim his revenge when facing Ruiz in a rematch later this year and the towering Londoner has promised his belts are only out on loan. The finer details are still to be put to the return, but fans are hoping it takes place in England, with Wembley pencilled in as the most likely venue if that is to happen.
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Anthony did go to Andy’s backyard when losing last time, so it seems only fair the American fighter returns the favour. He does strike us as a fighter who would be only too happy to take the risk, as long as Eddie Hearn at Matchroom Boxing pays him well enough. We’ll keep you fully updated on that one and when Joshua – Ruiz II is announced you can be sure we’ll be first with the best betting news and predictions on the big fight.
Returning to more pressing issues and followers of the noble art have plenty to keep them interested this weekend with three shows of note taking place in America and the UK. The live coverage will be shared out between Sky Sports and BT Sport, but it’s fair to say the latter boasts the best of the action.
We get started in Leeds where Josh Warrington and Kid Galahad battle it out for the IBF featherweight title. Two unbeaten British fighters putting it all on the line for a respected world title, it promises to be a gripping contest. The undercard is packed with competitively matched bouts for major honours, meaning armchair fans have a night of real quality ahead.
Anything Can Happen in Heavyweight Boxing
Moving to America and all the talk this week has focussed on Tyson Fury’s first outing of 2019. He is expected to win at a canter but if the Joshua – Ruiz fight taught us anything it’s that nothing can be taken for granted in the sport of boxing, least of all in the heavyweight division. A fight is always just one punch away from a finish and that’s what makes it so exciting. The big boys may lack the speed and boxing ability of those campaigning at the lighter weights, but they are often paid a lot more as there’s real interest in seeing too big men go toe-to-toe.
One thing’s for certain here, if Fury takes his eye off the ball and believes he only has to turn up to win, he’ll suffer a similar fate to that of countryman Joshua. A shock loss here would send the number one ranked heavyweight sprawling down the pecking order. Win the fight, however, and it’s thought he could be next in line for another shot at WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
The pair fought out a thrilling draw late last year in Los Angeles, but it was a fight many thought Fury deserved to win. The Englishman boxed his way to a comfortable lead on the scorecards but suffering two knockdowns in the final four rounds helped level things up. There’s a score to settle there and followers on both sides of the Atlantic would love to see Wilder – Fury II late this year or very early into 2020. Let’s hope the deal can be done that gives us the bout we’re after.
Fury Didn’t Lose His Titles in the Ring
Tyson Fury is the former world champion who didn’t lose his belts in the ring and is yet to suffer defeat during a 28-fight career. The Manchester man’s record stands at 27 wins against one draw with no less than 19 of those victories coming by way of knockout, resulting in a 68% KO average.
The 6ft 9inch orthodox made headlines worldwide when travelling to Germany to dethrone long-time champion Wladimir Klitschko back in 2015. Beating the much-loved ruler by a comfortable points margin, not only did Fury take his rival’s belts in front of his own fans, he did it with ease, putting on a display of beautiful boxing.
What followed was a fall from grace for the new heavyweight champion of the world. Having hit the peak of the sport, he came crashing down. Suffering depression, admitting to drug use and piling on weight, Fury was forced to give up his belts having never defended them. It took him almost three years to return to the ring, but when he did, he picked up where he left off. Beating Sefer Seferi in four rounds in his comeback fight, he then outpointed Francesco Pianeta over 10 rounds in Belfast, before jumping in at the deep end again and taking on The Bronze Bomber.
Critics called it a suicide mission, and many believed it was still too early in Fury’s recovery to take on a man who had knocked out each of his previous opponents in devastating fashion. The opinions of others have never held Tyson back, however, and he went to America and came agonisingly close to repeating the job he did in Germany three years previous.
Fury used his boxing skills and combination punches to rack up a points lead, while relying on footwork and a good defence to keep off his hard-hitting opponent. It looked like he had done enough to be crowned champion of the world but had to make do with a draw. Wilder grabbed two 10-8 rounds, knocking his opponent down in the ninth and 12th to close the gap. That made all the difference and made a draw difficult to argue against. Fury must be given the credit for climbing off the canvas on both occasions, especially in the 12th round when it looked like he was out cold. His rise back to his feet rates as one of the most exciting sporting moments you’re likely to see.
The Englishman is hot favourite to beat Tom Schwarz and those looking to back him with their hard-earned cash will have to make do with the 1/33 offered by William Hill. That’s very tight indeed and will put many off having a punt, but it’s worth knowing most firms have the same outcome priced closer to the 1/100 mark. Fury by KO/TKO is favourite in the method of victory betting at 4/9 with Unibet, the points cheer chalked up as a 17/10 play with the same firm.
Schwarz Written Off in the Betting
Tom Schwarz goes into the biggest fight of his career having been written off in the betting and he’s as big as 14/1 at Bet365 to cause an upset and ruin his opponent’s plans. The German brings a proud unbeaten record of 24 wins from as many starts and his 67% KO average will ensure he has Fury’s full attention on fight night.
25-year-old Schwarz has stopped each of his last six opponents inside the distance and another KO/TKO is 22/1 with Bet365, the points verdict a bulky 33/1 with the same bookmaker. Fancy a second draw on the bounce for Fury? That’s a 40/1 poke in places.