By Mark Elezaj
LAS VEGAS – The lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (28-0-1, 19 KOs) promised an entertaining night in his Las Vegas debut and he did just that.
Fury channeled his inner Apollo Creed as he entered the ring with a top hat and robe emblazoned with the American flag, while James Brown’s “Living In America” echoed throughout the arena.
Once the bell sounded, it was business as usual for the lineal champion. Fury took care of business quickly by easily stopping previously undefeated German heavyweight champion Tom Schwarz (24-1, 16 KOs) via second-round TKO.
Fury came out early, moving around the ring, evading Schwarz’s punches while throwing and landing his jab. In typical Fury fashion, he made it look easy while his opponent tried to land something significant, trying to get Fury’s attention.
In the second, Fury came out and landed hard shots straight out of the gate. Fury, becoming more confident as the round continued on, started to let his hands hang down by his side while using his head movement to avoid combination punches coming from Schwarz.
Fury then turned the tables and returned fire, knocking down Schwarz a few moments later. Schwarz was able to get back up to his feet, but Fury jumped on him, throwing combinations, uppercuts on the inside, and hooks through Schwarz’s defense. Referee Kenny Bayless stepped in and saved a defenseless Schwarz at 2:54 of the second round.
“The key to tonight was to enjoy meself,” Fury said in the ring. “I used the jab. I was slipping and sliding, hands down, switched up to southpaw, caught him with a straight left. And it was a good shot. It would’ve put anybody away. I put on an extra 12 pounds. I really, really feel it, you know? I haven’t had three years out of the ring this time. This time, I had a few months out of the ring. I’m back, the return of the Mack. The Mack is back.”
“I felt like this was my coming-out party” Fury said.
“You saw me fight in December of last year. I had to lose 147 pounds for that fight, so I wasn’t at my strongest or maybe I shouldn’t have taken that fight as soon as I did after two bum fights coming back, but I did anyway.
“This time I had enough training time. I was strong. I was fit. I was ready to put on a show.”
“That was amazing,” said Top Rank’s Bob Arum, who signed Fury to a co-promotional contract back in February.
“Tyson Fury is a force of nature. This was one of the great shows I’ve ever seen and not just because of the boxing. He’s an entertainer. He is truly unique. Now that he’s in shape, he can knock out every heavyweight in the world. Deontay Wilder is not going five rounds with him. We will have another fight then we will fight Wilder.”
Tyson Fury did exactly what he was supposed to do against an overmatched opponent. He wasted no time and he closed the show in dramatic fashion. When asked what’s next, Fury responded;
“What’s next is that I fight on either September 21 or October 5 and then we’ve got Deontay Wiilder,
“He’s going to give me that green (WBC) belt!”
There truly is only one Tyson Fury!
~ The Fighting Voice ~