Lightning Won’t Strike Twice As Bookies Keep Faith In Fury
Tyson Fury is a kind of one-man Las Vegas. Loud, colourful, brash, flamboyant and on occasions, dazzling in the boxing ring.
He has so much to say for himself, it can sometimes seem that just like America’s Sin City, he never closes.
So it is clear as he heads for his fight debut there on Saturday against Tom Schwarz that he is made for the place.
Unlike his rival Anthony Joshua in New York earlier this month, however, the bookies expect Fury to be right at home on The Strip.
Manchester’s undefeated former world champion Fury is a massive favourite to beat the little-known Schwarz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday (approximately 4am UK time).
The odds-makers have not been swayed by Joshua’s stunning defeat by the rank underdog Andy Ruiz Junior on June 1.
Fury’s Odds To Beat Schwarz
They do not believe that lightning strikes twice – not even in the wild world of heavyweight boxing – with the best boxing bookmakers having 30-year-old Fury around 1/33 or narrower to despatch his German opponent with ease.
That is how it stands with William Hill and Betway, while Paddy Power and Ladbrokes are even more confident at 1/50 in Fury’s favour. At BetVictor, it is 1/66, the shortest price available on a Fury win.
This will be the first date of a five-fight deal Fury has signed with the US broadcasting giant ESPN. As such, it is not designed to be a fight for the ages.
More it is aimed at introducing Fury on his new platform with the aim of building his profile in the USA and gaining an audience for a lucrative re-match – possibly even two more fights – against WBC world champion Deontay Wilder next year.
If there is any concession to the shock victory of 25/1 underdog Ruiz which handed him Joshua’s WBA, IBF and WBO title belts at Madison Square Garden, it is that 25-year-old Schwarz is not rated quite so lightly this weekend.
Schwarz’s Odds To Beat Fury
He is 12/1 with William Hill and has even drifted out to 16/1 with Betfair.
This may also reflect the fact that Schwarz has managed to be rated as number two in the WBO’s heavyweight rankings.
He is undefeated in 24 fights but there are no names of note on his record. His most recent contest was a second round knockout of little-known 38-year-old Croatian Kristijan Krstacic.
That took place second-on-the-bill at a hotel in Magdeburg, Germany in March.
The German is regarded as a rather robotic fighter who is tailor-made to allow Fury to give an exhibition of his clever boxing skills and quick movement.
Fury has said he will retire if he is beaten by Schwarz on Saturday because it will mean he is past it.
Tyson Fury’s Last Fight
It certainly didn’t look that way in Fury’s most recent fight – a split decision draw against Wilder in Los Angeles last December.
The Briton twice recovered from stunning knockdowns to become the first man to interrupt Wilder’s previous run of 41 straight wins.
The plan is for Fury to fight twice more in the USA this year before heading into a return show-down with Wilder early next year. A third fight has also been suggested already.
Although no official deal has yet been struck, another collision between Wilder and Fury is now far more likely than the previously-mooted idea that Joshua might meet either man – or both.
Joshua must first attempt to win back his belts in a soon-to-be-confirmed re-match with Ruiz which could take place in November in a UK stadium, in New York or possibly in Las Vegas.
Fury The People’s Champion
Although no belts are on offer at the MGM Grand on Saturday, Fury’s backers insist he is defending the “lineal” heavyweight championship.
The basis of this claim is that after his stunning defeat of Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 delivered him the WBA and IBF world titles, he never lost them in the ring.
Instead, he vacated the titles in 2016 after suffering well-publicised problems with drugs and alcohol.
During a two-and-a-half year lay-off, his weight ballooned to 29 stone, but he recovered fitness to win two untesting comeback fights last year before his outstanding performance against Wilder in December.
Certainly, his standing in the heavyweight business is now higher than the deposed Joshua’s.
It should remain that way after he has begun his bid to conquer America against Schwarz this weekend.
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