IF the role of Tom Schwarz was to make Tyson Fury look good, it was mission accomplished and then some. Fury did as he pleased from the opening bell and impressively blasted the German underdog into submission in two rounds inside the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Fury showboated, he boxed, he switched stances, he punched with purpose, he entertained and – on this limited evidence – he looked like the most complete fighter in the division. After controlling the opening three minutes behind his left jab, he decided to control the second behind his right.
The change in stance bewitched Schwarz. The underdog gamely tried his best, throwing all he had as Fury gleefully avoided every shot before turning up the spite and ending the show. A left-right through the middle blasted off Schwarz’s bloodied nose and sent him down for a count before a punishing salvo forced the referee’s intervention.
“The key tonight was to enjoy myself,” a jubilant Fury said afterwards. “This time I had a few months out the ring, not a few years, and I am the lineal champion. Bring them all on!”
As a showcase opponent, Schwarz was perfect. The overwhelming favourite shifted through the gears, pummelled his bewitched foe and turned in the kind of performance that will impress the American fans.
But as a worthwhile test, the German was sorely lacking for someone of Fury’s ability.