Tyson Fury v Tom Schwarz: lineal heavyweight championship – live!

16 June 2019 01:54
Fury defends lineal heavyweight title against SchwarzTweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email him 2.54am BST Upset alert! We’ve just had an surprise on the undercard as Albert Bell handed super featherweight contender Andy Vences his first professional defeat in an entertaining 10-round super featherweight scrap. Bell (15-0, 5 KOs) outthrew and outlanded his opponent from start to finish, winning by 97-93 on all three judges’ scorecards.“I worked so hard for this,” Bell said afterward. “In my first 10-rounder, I went out there and put my undefeated record on the line against a top guy. You don’t see that too much anymore. I’ve been counted out and this shows that I’m a fighter to be taken seriously at 130 pounds.” 2.28am BST Hello and welcome to the MGM Grand Garden Arena for tonight’s heavyweight clash between Tyson Fury and Tom Schwarz. When last we saw the Gypsy King, he’d just spent most of a December evening boxing the ears off Deontay Wilder, frustrating the WBC heavyweight champion with an effective jab and deft movement, even surviving a ninth-round knockdown to roar back in the final reel. He was dropped a second time by a violent combination in the last round, seemingly unconscious on descent, before somehow making it to his feet and settling for a split draw. Although Fury failed in his bid to regain the world heavyweight championship he’d won from Wladimir Klitschko but never lost in the ring, the career-best performance sent his stock through the roof. Indeed, Fury signed a money-spinning contract with Top Rank and ESPN on the heels of it.That partnership begins tonight with what can only be accurately described as a marking-time fight. Schwarz, a German who is somehow ranked No 2 by the World Boxing Organization despite being unknown to all but the most hardcore observers until the match was announced in April, looks the part at a strapping 6ft 5in, undefeated in 24 fights including 16 victories inside the distance. But the ledger is, shall we say, light on recognizable names and includes only one 10-rounder, a unanimous decision over the ordinary Dennis Lewandowski three years ago. He was a 12-1 longshot at the MGM Grand sports book when I arrived on Thursday and the number has drifted to 15-1 in the days since. 8.48pm BST Bryan will be here shortly. In the meantime here’s his lookahead to tonight’s main event. Related: Tyson Fury enjoys Vegas sparkle in reanimated heavyweight division Continue readingreadfullarticle

Source: TheGuardian