You have to admire Tyson Fury’s unstinting efforts to sell his Las Vegas debut against Tom Schwarz.
That Saturday's fight needs the hard sell is the problem.
Fury is now a headliner earning millions with ESPN. He got that $100million deal by taking risks, first beating Wladimir Klitschko four years ago and then by stepping up against Deontay Wilder after a long absence.
With this fight though, there is no jeopardy. He’s gone from taking risks to accepting a gimme.
He is better than that.
The heavyweight division is better than that.
As we said two weeks ago, before Anthony Joshua’s shock defeat to stand-in Andy Ruiz Jr, fights like these are not serving the interests of the sport. Yes, Ruiz pulled off a stunning result, but that was almost by accident. Had Jarrell Miller not failed a drug test, Ruiz would not be part of the conversation.
This is the sport’s shop window. When the heavyweights are engaged, it enlivens all of boxing.
We have to get away from this thing about the big names navigating their way around each other.
It’s sport. They should be fighting each other.
Getting beaten by a time-filling opponent is the worst of all worlds. And look how it has worked out.
All this manoeuvring has invited Ruiz into the picture. WBC president Maurico Sullaiman and the WBA’s Gilberto Mendoza have their arms around each other, talking about a unification fight between Wilder and Ruiz.
Does this mean Joshua and Fury are frozen out? Neither have belts.
Wilder is scheduled to fight Luis Ortiz again in September then Fury after that. But what happens if the WBC and WBA order the Ruiz fight? And what happens to the rematch between Joshua and Ruiz?
There is arguably no greater showman in our sport than Fury. Fans warm to him, but this works only if you back it up in the ring.
This means giving the punters meaningful fights.
Schwarz has fought outside Germany only twice, both in the neighbouring Czech Republic. He would be nowhere near Las Vegas in any other circumstances.
I don’t expect Fury to fall prey to the same outcome as Joshua. There is nothing in the record of Schwarz, unbeaten or not, to suggest his is capable of emulating Ruiz.
I believe Fury will make mincemeat of the lad, and then we'll all lumber on listening to more excuses about why the best are not fighting the best.
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