Tyson Fury – the self proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ – is no stranger to the limelight and, in advance of his Las Vegas clash with Germany’s Tom Schwartz, has again put himself in the centre of the Heavyweight boxing division focus, with his ever outspoken ways drawing attention and increasing the hype, as he continues his comeback and attempt to reclaim the belts he vacated in 2015.
Coming a day after Fury suggested that, after his hugely surprising loss to Andy Ruiz Jr, Anthony Joshua is ‘finished’, Fury then, in his press conference, claimed that he was ‘born to fight in Las Vegas’ and that his fight with Schwarz was not really much more than a stepping stone to a massively anticipated rematch with Deontay Wilder – should Wilder agree to it.
With the first fight ending in a controversial draw with Wilder, Fury remains unbeaten in his heavyweight career, but is now claiming that Wilder is ‘running scared’ and that it was only because the American was on home soil that he got away with a draw…many of the onlookers and boxing pundits suggesting that, despite being floored twice, the Gypsy King had done more than enough to claim a points victory.
According to Heavyweight Boxing Rankings, Fury is currently ranked #3 in the world – behind Ruiz and Wilder. But many believe that Fury is the true #1 and it is just a matter of time before he unifies the division again. The real wildcard to what seems the inevitable is the fearsome Ukranian Oleksandr Usyk (above), who has swept all before him in the cruiserweight division, and is now casting his eye on the heavyweights.
Even taking into account the quite spectacular loss for Joshua to Ruiz Jnr, and that these things can happen, there is no real suggestion that a similar fate will happy to Fury when he steps into the ring at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, in the small hours of Sunday morning (UK time). Although Schwarz is also unbeaten (24 fights, 24 wins, 16 K.O) his odds on winning the bout are generally around 16/1, with Fury expected to have far too much class, strength and technique for his German opponent.
One thing is for certain – whomever Tyson Fury faces, wherever the bouts may be, controversy and entertainment is always guaranteed – and the Gypsy King may just soon be placing the unified Heavyweight crown back on his head – where he has always maintained it rightly belongs.
TYSON ‘THE GYPSY KING’ FURY FACTFILE
- Age : 30
- Born : Manchester, England
- Height : 6′ 9″
- Reach : 85″
- Fights : 28
- Wins : 27
- Draws : 1
- Losses : 0
- KO’s : 16
- Rounds Boxed : 172
- Debut : 6/12/2008