The entire world heavyweight boxing landscape was blown apart by Andy Ruiz Jr’s sensational win over Anthony Joshua.

Tyson Fury will seek to establish himself as the dominant heavyweight on the planet after this month’s monumental upset and the ‘Gypsy King’ returns to the ring with his first fight in Las Vegas this weekend. Fury is a huge favourite to overcome unbeaten German Tom Schwarz at the MGM Grand and will be looking for a big performance in Sin City.

 

Remarkable comeback from Fury

Fury will compete for the first time since his dramatic draw in December against Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles. The Manchester boxer is unbeaten with a professional record of 27 wins and one draw.

It has been an extraordinary comeback from Fury after three years out of the sport when his weight spiralled to 27 stone after his mental health issues and drug use.

The 30-year-old is determined to become world champion again and this will be a stepping stone on the way towards a much-anticipated rematch with American Wilder next year.

Fury was at the top of the sport four years ago after winning the WBA, IBF and WBO world titles with a brilliant win on points in Germany against Wladimir Klitschko.

After 924 days of inactivity, Fury made his long-awaited boxing return with a routine four-round win over Sefer Seferi 12 months ago.

Fury was back in the ring in August as he eased to a ten-round points win against Francesco Pianeta.

His team rolled the dice and gambled on a world heavyweight title showdown against Wilder in LA, just a short time into his comeback, but the move paid off handsomely as Fury took the American the distance in a thrilling contest.

Most observers had Fury in front after controlling most of the fight but Wilder dropped his opponent twice, including a huge knockdown in the 12th round, as the challenger incredibly managed to beat the count.

Considering his lack of time back in the sport, it was a tremendous performance from Fury and he will be confident of beating Wilder when they fight again.

 

Unheralded Schwarz hoping to upset odds

His immediate challenge is Schwarz with the unheralded German winning all 24 fights, with 16 victories inside the distance.

The 25-year-old has only fought outside of his own country twice, both times in the Czech Republic, so this will be a huge step up from any atmosphere or calibre of opponent he has faced before.

6ft 5in boxer Schwarz has not faced any significant names in the heavyweight division with his last fight a knockout victory over Kristijan Krstacic in March.

 

Fury v Schwarz: The verdict

Fury, who is being promoted by Bob Arum, has been installed as Ring Magazine’s No 1 after Joshua’s defeat and needs to make an impact in front of the American audience.

The overwhelming 1/66 favourite should have few problems against 14/1 outsider Schwarz although Fury is far from a knockout specialist.

He has won 19 of his fights inside the distance but three of his last four fights have gone to the scorecards.

Fury has outstanding boxing skills but he does not have the concussive punch power of Wilder and there is no guarantee he will end this fight early. It is 4/9 the contest does not go 12 rounds but a knockout is far from a certainty.

Schwarz could prove a durable opponent and Fury’s lack of heavy hitting suggests there is value in backing the contest to go the distance.

Fury should dominate the fight and is expected to win most of the rounds but may be content with a one-sided decision on the scorecards in Vegas which is a tempting bet at 13/8.

Tip: Tyson Fury by decision or technical decision

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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