Before you completely disregard Tom Schwarz’s chances in his heavyweight showdown with Tyson Fury on Saturday on ESPN+, listen to what Schwarz had to say in a press conference this week.
„Coaching for this fight was very good,“ he said this week. „We had hundreds of sparring partners to get ready for this big struggle. My timing is now.“
OK, now don’t hesitate to restart your skepticism of Schwarz. You certainly wouldn’t be alone in that.
Although the chances have come in Schwarz’s favor, he’s still a +1100 underdog, meaning you’d make $1,100 using a $100 bet (he was, at one point, +1400). Fury, meanwhile, is -3000 (down from a high of -5000). So, although Schwarz is undefeated with a decent knockout percent, the struggle for Fury’s lineal heavyweight championship, likely won’t be aggressive. Fury, after all, is world class, and Schwarz hasn’t fought anybody near that grade.
Nonetheless, there are plenty of reasons to watch Fury vs. Schwarz. Listed below are three of them.
1) Fury’s courage can not be unquestioned: Fury’s career has been topsy-turvy since winning the heavyweight championship in Wladimir Klitschko at 2015. He missed 31 months while fighting his personal demons, and somehowhe returned to the ring just as good, if not better and more focused. That reveals courage. And then, after outboxing Deontay Wilder for most of their fight last December, he somehow found the determination to rise from an absolute monster combination from Wilder that almost knocked him out. The fact Fury is fighting again as great as ever, after what he has put himself through, is wonderful.
„Eighteen months ago, I was at a very, very dark place,“ Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) said. „I just wanted to prove to people that there’s a way backagain. You can come back from anything. Nothing is impossible, and in the event that you’d seen me that a time ago when I was quite heavy and quite unwell… I’m living proof that anyone can change.
„I was out and down. I have my family right here, and even those men thought I was gone. There was no yield for’The Gypsy King.’ No more. He was finished. I dusted myself off, got back to the road, got back mentally well, and me, [trainer] Ben [Davison] and also the whole group, we worked very hard for a long time to reach this place.“
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