Meet Tom Schwarz

By Robert Ecksel on March 22, 2019
Meet Tom Schwarz
The tables are turned. Schwarz is about to get a taste of his own medicine. (Getty Images)

Former WBC heavyweight champion Frank Bruno said, “Boxing is just show business with blood…”

Little-known Tom Schwarz (24-0, 16 KOs), the 24-year-old banger from Halle an der Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany, will fight long, tall Tyson Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs), the undefeated lineal heavyweight champion from Manchester, England, on Saturday, June 15 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is the Gypsy King’s debut fight on ESPN+.

It’s good that Fury is fighting. It will help keep his head straight. But no one thinks it will be competitive. Schwarz has a perfect record. He has a 67% knockout ratio. He has some schooling. His hands are fast and he throws combinations. He is also quick on his feet for a big man, but neither as quick nor as big as Tyson Fury. Schwarz telegraphs his punches. He appears to lack imagination. Fury will have a field day. He’ll dance circles around Schwarz. He’ll murder the guy. Schwarz isn’t a top-10 fighter. He isn’t top-20 or even 30. BoxRec ranks Fury #3; Schwarz gets a lowly 41, sandwiched between Trevor Bryan and Kyotaro Fujimoto.

It’s a “terrible fight,” said Eddie Hearn. Dillian Whyte added, “Tom Schwarz a joke. Tom Schwarz is nowhere near Fury’s level. Piece of piss, easy fight.” The Sun takes no prisoners. The British tabloid called the fight a “mockery” and Schwarz a “bum.” No one will ever mistake him for Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua. He won a minor title in 2017 by second round knockout and successfully defended it five times. He hasn’t fought outside of Germany and the Czech Republic; nor has he fought anyone with a losing record in almost five years.

Some big men had big dreams before fighting Tom Schwarz.

But the tables are turned. Schwarz is about to get a taste of his own medicine.

I hoped for more from Fury. I expected more from ESPN. The Big Three, ESPN, DAZN and Showtime, with their three platforms and big champs hold all the cards. But the possibilities are endless if no one rocks the boat when Wilder fights Breazeale, Joshua fights “Big Baby,” and Fury fights Tom Schwarz.

Former WBC heavyweight champion Frank Bruno said, “Boxing is just show business with blood.” On June 15 in Las Vegas, there may not be blood, but showbiz is the main event.

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  1. ceylon 09:11am, 03/27/2019

    fuckin bob arum. he barely breaks top 50.

    really, no one in the top 20 or top 15 was interested?

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