Tyson Fury vs Schwarz Live : Tyson Fury vs Tom Schwarz this weekend as he returns to the ring for the first time. The former heavyweight world champion was last seen fighting to a controversial draw with Deontay Wilder . Talks over a rematch broke down when the Brit signed a five-year Lineal heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury will take on Germany’s Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas on Saturday night, with millions of boxing fans around the world set to tune in for the contest.
Lineal heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury will take on Germany’s Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas on Saturday night, with millions of boxing fans around the world set to tune in for the contest.
The fight will be broadcast live on BT Sport Box Office in the UK and via ESPN+ in the US, with the main event expected to begin at around 4am BST. The match-up and its undercard fights will cost UK fans a one-off payment of £19.95, however millions are expected to turn to illegal means to watch the so-called ‘Gypsy King’.
Nearly one in five of the piracy audience came through YouTube, despite the Google-owned site attempting to crack down on copyrighted content. Often the links were taken down but new links typically tend to be shared by new accounts across social media sites like Twitter in the build up to the fight, making them hard to police.
“This is a huge audience that is, to all intents and purposes, being ignored,” MUSO CEO Andy Chatterly told The Independent. “Data like this offers insights that could help bring fans back to legal content, but they need to be acknowledged first.”
The recent heavyweight fight between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz attracted even more unlicensed viewers, with around 13 million people turning to illegal means to watch the unfancied Mexican fighter cause arguably the biggest heavyweight boxing upset of the 21st Century by beating the British world champion.
Even more illegal viewers came from streams hosted on YouTube, according to MUSO’s data, which showed an estimated 93 per cent of the audience share came from the popular video sharing platform.
“The Joshua vs. Ruiz fight has been the largest unauthorised audience that we’ve ever tracked across boxing and it’s staggering to see that 93 per cent of the audience watched via YouTube,” Mr Chatterley said. “This highly engaged audience offers up huge insight and, perhaps more importantly, significant commercial opportunity.”
BT Sport has previously taken the unconventional approach of making marquee sporting events like the Champions League Final freely available for anyone to watch through its YouTube channel.
While the broadcaster claims this is not a direct response to online piracy, the new approach meant football fans no longer needed to go through illegal channels to watch the game for free.
In the wild aftermath of Andy Ruiz Jr.’s June 1 knockout of unified champion Anthony Joshua that turned the division upside down, one could argue the most prestigious title that any heavyweight currently holds is still the lineal championship adorned to Tyson Fury’s name.
Not only did Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) become the “guy who beat the guy who beat the guy” when he upset Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, most observers felt Fury had done enough to outpoint unbeaten WBC champion Deontay Wilder in their exciting and disputed draw last December.
“The only title that I care about is the lineal championship of the world,” Fury said. “It goes back a long, long way, and that’s the one I’m defending with pride and honor.”
Fury, a 6-foot-9 native of England who completed a miraculous turnaround in 2018 following a two-year slide into depression, obesity and drug abuse, enters the first fight of his new co-promotional deal with Top Rank on Saturday with the opportunity for the ESPN marketing machine to further connect his jovial personality with casual American sports fans.
No, this isn’t a fight where the outcome appears necessarily in doubt as Fury enters the ESPN+ main event (10 p.m. ET) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as high as a 20-1 favorite against the unheralded German Tom Schwarz (24-0, 16 KOs). Yet there’s still a certain amount of pressure upon Fury to put on a show and win emphatically as a way to make a statement regarding his standing within the division.
At just 30, Fury still has the potential to define this heavyweight renaissance era as his own provided he’s willing to make the biggest fights against the best names regardless of their promotional or network status. The fact that Wilder announced two weeks ago that the two have signed on for a spring 2020 rematch seems to be a positive sign in that direction.
What Fury must avoid on Saturday, however, is making his ESPN debut into more of a farce than an actual fight. During a pair of comeback bouts in 2018 against Sefer Seferi and Francesco PIaneta, fans witnessed an almost disinterested version of Fury who, given the vast difference in skill between him and his opponents, was content to clown and box from the outside.
Should the 25-year-old Schwarz prove quite early that he’s no match for Fury’s unique blend of speed and footwork for a fighter of his size, the onus will fall on Fury to actually finish Schwarz and make this little exhibition worth while for ESPN’s investment on the road to bigger fights.
“I’m ready to shock the world,” Schwarz said. “This is a great time in the heavyweight division, and I am happy to be part of it. On Saturday night, it’s my time. I am prepared. Tyson Fury picked me for a reason, and I promise a great fight, a dramatic fight and a memorable moment for all boxing fans.
“I have a surprise for Tyson Fury, and I will show it on Saturday. I take inspiration from German heavyweights of the past, including Max Schmeling. It might be time for a German heavyweight to shock the world again.”
Fury, whom co-promoter Bob Arum has said will likely look for a fall return before the promotion for a Wilder rematch begins, says he’s in a happy place mentally after years of turmoil, and points to his ability to get up from two knockdowns against the hard-punching Wilder as proof of his resolve.
“I think it was a higher power that brought me to my feet to spread the word on mental health and to help other people,” Fury said. “I hope it inspired many people as I enjoyed getting up off that canvas and fighting on. And it takes more than a punch to knock me down and make me stay down.
“I box because I like to keep happy and it keeps me happy to fight. I plan to box until I can’t box anymore. I feel fantastic at the minute. Boxing keeps me really happy, and I’m very happy with where I am in my life at the minute. I want to box on. I don’t see myself retiring. I just turned 30 years old. I’ve got over 10 years left in this game, so you’ll have to keep seeing me for the next 10 years, I’m afraid. Keep entertaining, keep putting on great shows.”