Tyson Fury’s Las Vegas headliner will now take place at the MGM Grand as confirmed by promoters Bob Arum and Frank Warren.
The Thomas and Mack Center was originally earmarked for a fight with Tom Schwarz. Fury has now settled for the world famous MGM Resorts venue on the Las Vegas strip.
Fury v Schwarz is the first bout presented by Top Rank and ESPN since Arum head-hunted the Briton on the back of his draw with Deontay Wilder.
A win for Fury could lead to a rematch with Wilder later this year.
The biggest star in world heavyweight boxing, all 6 feet 9 inches of him, is coming to the fight capital of the world.
Unbeaten lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, the self-proclaimed “Gypsy King,” will defend his title against top contender Tom Schwarz Saturday, June 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The event will be promoted by Top Rank. Also in association with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions and SES Boxing.
Fury-Schwarz will be available live in the United States exclusively on ESPN+. The leading multi-sport streaming service – beginning at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST.
The fight marks the first in a multi-fight agreement announced in February. Fury’s fights are co-promoted by Top Rank and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions.
They are a headline piece of the boxing lineup under the historic, long-term Top Rank on ESPN relationship.
Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) captured the lineal heavyweight title on November 28, 2015, with a unanimous decision over long-time champion Wladimir Klitschko.
That win catapulted him to worldwide celebrity. But a host of personal demons threatened to end his career before he could defend his title.
He blew up to 400-plus pounds, only to author a 2018 comeback that ranks among the greatest redemption stories in sporting history.
In the third fight of his comeback, December 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, Fury fought WBC champion Deontay Wilder to a disputed draw.
His recovery from a hellacious 12th-round knockdown became an instant viral video sensation. The stuff of boxing legend.
Schwarz (24-0, 16 KOs) is a 24-year-old native of Halle, Germany. A 6-foot-5 boxer-puncher who has not gone the distance in his past six fights.
Ranked No. 2 by the WBO and No. 9 by the IBF, Schwarz has fought all but two of his bouts in Germany. But has climbed the world heavyweight rankings with a string of dominant performances.
He captured the WBO Intercontinental belt in April 2017 with a second-round stoppage of Adnan Redzovic (18-1 at the time). He has since defended that belt four times.
In his last bout, March 2 in Magdeburg, Germany, he knocked down Kristijan Krstacic three times in the second round to score the stoppage.
TICKETS / TV
Tickets priced at $600, $450, $300, $200, $100 and $50 (not including applicable charges). They go on sale to the general public Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m. PST.
Tickets can be purchased online through axs.com. You can charge by phone at 866-740-7711 or in person at any MGM Resorts box office.
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