Britain’s former world champion Tyson Fury has announced he will face German heavyweight Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas on June 15.
This will be Fury’s first fight since signing an £80m deal with American broadcaster ESPN for five fights.
Schwarz is ranked number two in the world with the WBO and has won all of his 24 fights, including 18 by stoppage.
Fury told BBC Sport he cannot wait to face the 24-year-old. He said: “I’m very fit, very ready; I can’t wait to fight, Schwarz is unbeaten, young, fresh and ambitious.”
Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum also told BBC Sport the fight with the German will be “compelling” as he is “a big, big guy” standing at 6ft 5in.
This will also be the first time the ‘Gypsy King’ has fought in Las Vegas. This is after his last fight in the United States with Deontay Wilder drew in many fans with it’s drama, including Fury surviving two knockdowns as he got up from the canvas in the 12th round to share a draw with Wilder.
Fury to face Wilder in 2020?
Many fans and experts alike were hoping for a rematch of last December’s WBC heavyweight title fight between Fury and Wilder and it looked it was a certainty after their enthralling first bout.
But negotiations stalled after Fury moved to sign a lucrative deal with ESPN and all hopes of a rematch in 2019 were ended after Fury’s co-promoter Arum confirmed to World Boxing News that Wilder was not a planned opponent for the Brit this year.
This means that Fury, Wilder and unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua all operate with different broadcasters in the USA, making fights between any of them tougher to organise.
Some have been critical of Fury’s decision though with promoter Eddie Hearn openly slamming the Gypsy King’s fight choice. He told IFL TV:
“I don’t think I’m going to do myself any favour criticising Tyson Fury, with my general public popularity… it’s a dreadful fight. You’ve just fought Deontay Wilder, basically beating Deontay Wilder; it was close but most people had him winning the fight.
“They’ve (WBC) have ordered a rematch, you’ve pulled out of the rematch and you’re fighting Tom Schwarz.”