Tyson Fury warned he must take Tom Schwarz ‘very seriously’ or risk suffering same fate as Anthony Joshua

Tyson Fury warned he must take Tom Schwarz ‘very seriously’ or risk suffering same fate as Anthony Joshua
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Tyson Fury has been told he must take Tom Schwarz ‘very seriously’ on Saturday night – or risk suffering the same fate as his heavyweight rival Anthony Joshua.

Joshua surrendered his WBO, IBF, IBO and WBA titles after being stunned by Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden a fortnight ago, and talkSPORT’s boxing correspondent Gareth A Davies has warned Fury he must be on his game in Las Vegas this weekend.

Tyson Fury faces Tom Schwarz on Saturday night in his US debut

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Tyson Fury faces Tom Schwarz on Saturday night in his US debut

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“They’ve got to take Schwarz very, very seriously. He’s undefeated at the end of the day and he’s a big heavyweight,” Davies told Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs.

“What happened to Anthony Joshua has been very prevalent in the thoughts of Tyson Fury and his team. Tyson was 24-0 when he beat Wladimir Klitschko, and no-one expected him to win in Dusseldorf that night.

“Tyson believes he can go in there and outbox Schwarz, who has emerged as a fascinating character in the build-up to this fight.

“This is a massive opportunity for Schwarz, though. He would earn huge amounts of money in a rematch with Tyson Fury, like Ruiz Jr will with Joshua.

“He’s a 25/1 underdog, as was Andy Ruiz [against Joshua]. Although, I do think they miscalculated that as Schwarz isn’t the same calibre of fighter as Ruiz.”

Anthony Joshua was knocked out by Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden

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Anthony Joshua was knocked out by Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden

Fury tipped the scales at 263lbs during the weigh-in on Friday, over a stone more than opponent Schwarz who came in at 245.5lbs, before an intense face-off with the German.

And while Davies admits Saturday’s showdown doesn’t have a ‘huge fight’ feel to it, it’s one that simply can’t go wrong for Fury – who signed a multi-fight deal with ESPN worth a reported £80m back in February.

He added: “It’s doesn’t have a huge fight feel about it, but at the same time it can’t go wrong for Fury. It’s his big debut in America after all.

“The executives who have signed up for this, as well as promoters Bob Arum and Frank Warren, will expect a big performance.

“Behind the scenes they’re already working very hard towards a huge rematch with Deontay Wilder next year, so that will all fall by the wayside if there was a huge shock on Saturday night.

“In heavyweight boxing one punch can change everything, so Fury has to be very wary.”