The heavyweight division was put on red alert recently when a shock result of seismic proportions saw former unbeaten and unified world champion Anthony Joshua suffer a surprise loss at the hands of underdog Andy Ruiz Jr in New York City.
‘AJ’ was the heavily odds-on favorite going into the clash on his American debut at the world-famous Madison Square Garden, with no one picking the Mexican-American outsider to come away from ‘the Mecca of Boxing’ with the heavyweight crowns.
But that’s what happened as Ruiz Jr sent the towering figure of Joshua crashing to the canvas on no fewer than four occasions throughout seven one-sided rounds. The eventual victor had been put on the floor himself in the third round but instantly bounced back to brilliantly rock and drop the former champion.
AJ was clearly unable to recover as he looked helpless throughout the remainder of the bout and was eventually halted by the referee during proceedings in the seventh. Take note Tyson Fury.
The former unified heavyweight champion, who famously dethroned Wladimir Klitschko in Germany, will be hoping to avoid another repeat scenario to that of his compatriot and long-standing rival come June 15th in Las Vegas.
At the MGM Grand Garden Theater Fury will take on little-known challenger Tom Schwarz in what is another attempt to flaunt his talents to an American audience as the opening stage of his new deal across the pond, while also helping to build towards a likely rematch with Deontay Wilder early next year.
In the current Fury v Schwarz odds it’s the former unified world heavyweight champion who is a massively odds-on 1/50 favorite to prevail as expected, but he can be backed at a much more promising 7/4 to triumph by decision in this latest ring outing on American soil.
Schwarz is an unbeaten German challenger with not much of a reputation across America and this looks set to be a routine victory for Fury, who is eyeing up a second scuffle with Wilder at some point in 2020.
The Bronze Bomber made an announcement recently that he and Fury would meet once again next year for the rematch that fight fans have been calling for since the pair first traded leather last December.
Fury was very unfortunate not to have earned a famous victory over the reigning and defending WBC heavyweight champion Wilder at the end of last year.
The British fighter looked to have done enough across 12 exciting and dramatic rounds in California, despite being sent crashing to the canvas twice, but he was forced to endure a majority draw on American territory.
The rematch was set to take place immediately after but instead, as is usually the case in modern-day boxing, it was delayed due to political and organizational problems.
It looks likely of finally coming to fruition in the coming months, though Fury will have to avoid any possible upset against Schwarz first before thinking of Wilder in the near future.