Tyson Fury fancies himself as a showman, and he came to the Las Vegas Strip for the first time to put on a show. He did just that on Saturday night.
Fury easily destroyed the unknown Tom Schwarz in the second round to retain the lineal title for the fourth time before an announced crowd of 9,012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
In the main event of the heavily publicized ESPN+ card, Fury came to the ring dressed in red, white and blue and to the James Brown song “Living in America,” and he dazzled as excepted against a heavy underdog.
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The 6-foot-9, 263-pound Fury (28-0-1, 20 KOs), 30, of England, turned to a southpaw stance in the second round and landed an uppercut that got Schwarz’s attention. And then Fury began to unload on Schwarz.
He landed a left hand that clearly hurt him and gave the 6-5, 245½-pound Schwarz (24-1, 16 KOs), 24, of Germany, a bloody nose. Moments later in the round, Fury, who had been bouncing up and down on his toes and fighting in a rhythm, landed a powerful left hand to the head and Schwarz melted to the canvas on his knees. He beat the count but the fight was basically over.
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Fury was all over him. He cornered Schwarz and was unloading punches when Schwarz’s corner threw a white towel into the ring to signal resignation. Referee Kenny Bayless was facing the fighters and did not see the towel, but he stepped in to stop the battering anyway, calling a halt to the action at 2 minutes, 54 seconds and sending the largely British crowd into a celebration.