German contender Tom Schwarz has vowed to score a 25th career victory on June 15, ending the undefeated run of Tyson Fury in the process.
The 24 year-old was hand-picked by Fury and new US promoters Top Rank for a US debut under the ESPN banner.
Schwarz is potentially seen as someone who can make Fury look good on his Las Vegas debut at the MGM Grand.
The big-hitting Madgeburg man has other ideas.
“This is what I’ve been working for since I was a kid,” outlined Schwarz. “A fight in Las Vegas against Tyson Fury is a dream come true.
“While I appreciate Tyson as a great fighter and a sportsman, I am young. I’m ambitious and in the top of the world rankings.
“I‘ve won 24 fights, I’ve got nothing to lose, and my 25th victory will come against Fury.”
Ranked highly with most of the respected governing bodies, Schwarz was still a surprise choice for many.
Facing largely also-ran opponents throughout his career, his most notable win was arguably against Senad Gashi.
Opposite Fury, Schwarz has the chance to blow the form book out of the window. He could also put a huge dent in Fury’s new and lucrative US TV deal.
Should the fight go to form, Fury would make it 29 contests without defeat.
‘The Gypsy King’ aims to build his stateside reputation further on the back of a creditable draw against Deontay Wilder.
Down twice in the contest, Fury rose from the dead in the final round to record one of heavyweight boxing’s most memorable moments of recent years.
A rematch with Wilder was one the cards, but could now be off the menu until at least 2020.
Fury negated on signing an agreed deal for May 18, in order to establish himself at ESPN. Signing to a rival network only complicated things further. Fury is on ESPN, whilst Wilder is with Showtime.
Anthony Joshua, the current divisional ruler with four title belts, campaigns on streaming service DAZN.
This three-way split has caused shockwaves in the 200 pounds plus weight class as fans hope and prey two of the three will meet again soon.