Tyson Fury’s first fight as the lineal heavyweight champion since inking a Top Rank co-promotional deal will be against Tom Schwarz, considered a German prospect, which was announced on Saturday evening. The bout will occur on 15 June and will be streamed live throughout the United States.
The venue hasn’t been confirmed as of yet. The Thomas&Mack Center is currently on hold in Las Vegas by Top Rank for the date and has recently requested that the Nevada State Athletic Commission place the event at the Center. The required time is currently on the agenda for the Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting which will be held on 27 March 2019. However, there’s also a high possibility, according to several sources, that the bout could occur at the MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas or even the MGM Grand Garden Arena as well as the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder
The bout is considered a significant downgrade when you compare it to the opponent that Fury was expected to fight against next before signing with Top Rank. Tyson Fury, with a 27-0-1 record along with 19 KO’s from England, decided to walk away from a rematch against Deontay Wilder for the world title which was close to being finalised, giving Fury a lucrative multiyear partnership with Top Rank, who currently promotes him with Queensberry Promotions.
Wilder and Fury provided a fascinating draw on 1 December 2018 in Los Angeles at the Samples Center during the main event of a captivating Showtime PPV card. Both fighters called for a rematch after the bout, which was essentially ordered by the WBC. Wilder currently holds the WBC belt at the moment.
Most spectators were under the impression that Fury outboxed Wilder for long durations during the bout. However, Wilder managed to score two knockdowns. At the end of the match, the fight was considered a draw — 114-112 for Fury, 115-111 for Wilder, and 113-113 overall. However, once Fury designed to sign with Top Rank to showcase his fights exclusively on all ESPN platforms, the rematch with Wilder became highly unlikely.
Top Rank Promotions
Top Rank stated that they weren’t opposed to placing a rematch with Deontay Wilder. However, the company first wants to build up Fury’s reputation in the United States to ensure he becomes a bigger fighter on a commercial level. The bout against Wilder sold approximately 325,000 PPV subscriptions.
The company also offered Wilder a deal to fight for around $12.5 million during the summer after a rematch with Fury that was worth around $20 million. However, Wilder decided to turn it down and continue fighting for Showtime where he will face Dominic Breazeale on 18 May 2019 in New York.
Top Rank Promotions will attempt to build Fury’s name going forward without facing a well-recognised opponent. Schwarz is regarded as an unknown opponent with absolutely no resume. However, he remains younger and unbeaten when compared to Fury.