GERMANY’S Tom Schwarz shares little in common with Mexico’s Andy Ruiz Jnr aside from the fact he punches heavyweights in the head for a living and has been labelled everything from ‘underdog’ and ‘fall guy’ to ‘tune-up’ and ‘sacrificial lamb’ ahead of his next fight.
Historically, these terms are used to suggest a mismatch is about to take place. Nowadays, however, thanks to Ruiz’s exploits on June 1 at Madison Square Garden, they resonate, they unsettle, and they excite. Because, let’s face it, underdogs are cool again. They’re dangerous again. They’re respected again.
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