Editor's letter | Highlight 2 | Issue | Premium | Jun 18 2019

Tyson Fury still has much to do

Matt Christie on what to make of Tyson Fury's latest victory
Tyson Fury
Action Images/REUTERS/Mike Segar

TYSON FURY’S victory over Tom Schwarz was mightily impressive as he scored his quickest victory since 2009 to wow the Las Vegas crowd on his Sin City debut. There was power and irresistible showmanship. There was both spite and intelligence crafting the punches that finished the German in two rounds. It was easy to see why so many people are getting excited and declaring Fury the best heavyweight in the world. Truth is, it’s hard to envision any fighter in his weight class beating him on this form.

It’s also important to add some reality to the hoopla. Firstly, the opponent. Fury came to the ring dressed like Apollo Creed but Tom Schwarz wasn’t exactly Ivan Drago. No, Tom Schwarz, though willing and brave and immensely likeable, wasn’t even Spider Rico. He was so far below Fury that anything less than the bludgeoning that transpired would have been a disappointment.

Ignore Schwarz’s implausible No. 2 ranking with the WBO for a moment and you have an opponent who had no chance of winning – which was precisely the point, considering this was Fury’s first fight of a projected many with new stateside promoter, Top Rank.


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