Tyson Fury did exactly what was expected of him when he stopped overmatched Tom Schwarz in 2 rounds at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Fury put on a show for the fans and showed why he is considered by some as the No1 heavyweight on the planet, showing great footwork, dazzling head movement, and accurate punch picking.
We have to keep in mind that Schwarz had never been in a fight against a top 20 opponent, so had no right to be facing such an accomplished performer in Fury despite his ridiculous No2 ranking by the WBO.
Top Rank are lucky enough to know that ‘The Gypsy King’ will promote his fights better than any promotional group can. This was the first of a 3 fight deal that ensures that Tyson’s fights are shown on ESPN, this fight going out on their streaming service ESPN+. The next fight in the contract will take place in September/October, but tonight was about putting on a show to introduce Fury to a wider American audience to build-up his proposed second meeting with WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
Josh Warrington vs Kid Galahad
In Leeds, Yorkshire, IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington held on to his title with a split decision win over Sheffield’s Kid Galahad who gave the champion more trouble than Lee Selby or Carl Frampton in his 2 previous defences.
The decision was fair but I’m sure Galahad doesn’t feel the same. The bout included a lot of holding which was largely instigated by the Sheffield challenger and it may have been this that tipped the scales Warrington’s way because as far as punches landed, Galahad did the more eye-catching work throughout.
Warrington started far slower than he did in the Frampton fight, a tactic that proved to me that he had respect for the challenger’s skills, lessons learned in heated sparring sessions from the past.
The awkward Ingle style proved difficult for the champion who forced the pace throughout but landed only a small percentage of the punches he threw, something he probably knew as soon as the fight was made. Warrington had success with a chopping right hand when Galahad fought out of the orthodox stance due to him always leaning to his right-hand side.
As with all Warrington fights, it was his work rate that won him the fight on the judges’ cards, but home advantage has always given him a head start also. But if as he says, he and promoter Frank Warren will chase unification matches in America with WBA champion Leo Santa Cruz and WBO holder Oscar Valdez, he will have to raise his game further because even with traveling support he will still be the away fighter for the first time in his career apart from an early career 8 rounder in Germany. Galahad has at least shown that he is a top contender in the division, but he has to hope that his awkward style doesn’t frighten off the other champions in the division, because Warrington won’t want to see him coming out of the opposite corner ever again, that’s for sure.