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WATCH: Schwarz mimics Ruiz with Snickers, Fury makes early prediction

World Boxing News 15/06/2019
Tyson Fury Tom Schwarz

📷 Mikey Williams

Tom Schwarz channeled current unified champion Andy Ruiz Jr. prior to his heavyweight clash with Tyson Fury on Saturday night.

The German, who is undefeated in 24 bouts, steps up in class considerably at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Schwarz, 25, has so far look unfazed in the build-up, partly due to the friendly persona Fury has chosen to adopt.

At the weigh-in on Friday, the atmosphere changed as Fury came at Schwarz with bad intentions.

Weighing seven pounds heavier than for his draw with Deontay Wilder, Fury turned his previously blubbery exterior into far more muscle mass.

Fury made an early prediction to Schwarz as the pair went through face-off formalities, warning his opponent he wouldn’t make it past one round.

Also labeling Schwarz, a dosser, p**sy and a bum, Fury swapped his banter for anger as the media snapped the head-to-head.

Pulling out a Snickers in response, Schwarz attempted to get into Fury’s psyche and use the Ruiz shock win over Anthony Joshua to his advantage.

Having none of it, Fury turned to the watching press and reiterated his prediction of a one-round knockout.

All will be revealed on Saturday when the first bell rings at the world famous MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Selected pre-fight quotes:

Bob Arum

“I am absolutely delighted with this reception. The job of a promoter, as Frank {Warren} would attest, can be very difficult.

“Once in a while, many times, you get guys who are reluctant to speak to the press. You gotta give them scripts as to what to say. With Tyson Fury, all you have to do is get him into place so that he can meet with the press, he can meet with the public. You don’t have to tell him what to say because he knows how to reach the public and reach the press.

“It’s really been a delight to do this promotion. I’m a big fan of German boxing, and I know Tom – who many of you have not heard of – is a tremendous fighter. Our matchmakers went over the tapes of his 24 victories and some of his amateur tapes, and we realize what a tremendous fighter he is.”

Tyson Fury

“I box because I like to keep happy. It keeps me happy to fight. I plan to box until I can’t box anymore. I feel fantastic at the minute. Boxing keeps me really happy, and I’m very happy with where I am in my life at the minute.

“I want to box on and I don’t see myself retiring. I just turned 30 years old. I’ve got over 10 years left in this game, so you’ll have to keep seeing me for the next 10 years, I’m afraid. Keep entertaining, keep putting on great shows.

“The only title that I care about is the lineal championship of the world. It goes back a long, long way, and that’s the one I’m defending with pride and honor.

“If you look at the Ring Magazine ratings, I think they get it quite right. I think that’s the official ratings of today, the fairest, the most accurate.”

On rising from the Deontay Wilder knockdown in the 12th round

“I think it was a higher power that brought me to my feet to spread the word on mental health and to help other people.

“I hope it inspired many people as I enjoyed getting up off that canvas and fighting on. And it takes more than a punch to knock me down and make me stay down.”

Tom Schwarz

“I love Las Vegas. This is a great opportunity for me. I’ll win this fight. I’m ready.”

“I’m fighting for my family and my country. I have a lot of inspiration. I’m ready to shock the world. This is a great time in the heavyweight division, and I am happy to be part of it. On Saturday night, it’s my time. I am prepared.

“Tyson Fury picked me for a reason. I promise a great fight, a dramatic fight, and a memorable moment for all boxing fans.”

“My trainers and I have seen every fight of Tyson’s many times. We’ve analyzed his style and have prepared our best strategy. I have a surprise for Tyson Fury. He will see what it is on Saturday night.”

“I take inspiration from German heavyweights of the past, including Max Schmeling. It might be time for a German heavyweight to shock the world again.”

ABOUT FURY VS. SCHWARZ

FURY vs. SCHWARZ, the 12-round fight for the lineal heavyweight championship of the world, is presented by Top Rank in association with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions and SES Boxing, and is sponsored by Geico.

FURY vs. SCHWARZ will take place Saturday, June 15, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT at MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA, and will be produced by Top Rank and ESPN and streamed live on ESPN+.

Tickets priced at $500, $300, $100 an $50 are on sale now can be purchased online through axs.com, charge by phone at 866-740-7711 or in person at any MGM Resorts box office.

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