SAN DIEGO, Calif., June 15, 2019 – The 9,000 boxing fans in the MGM Grand Garden Arena got more of a show from heavyweight Tyson Fury in his “Living in America” themed ring walk than in the few minutes he needed to take out Tom Schwarz Saturday.
Fury (28-0-1, 20 KOs), the lineal heavyweight world champion, defended his title for the fourth time via second-round TKO over the previously undefeated Schwarz (24-1, 16 KOs).
“I came here to put on a show for Las Vegas, and I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did,” Fury said. “I want to thank everyone for putting on a great show.” With this out of the way, ESPN reporter Bernardo Osuna handed the microphone over to Fury, who serenaded the audience with his cover of “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith.
Tyson Fury never challenged by Schwarz
There were no Andy Ruiz Jr. twists to this fight. The outcome was exactly as expected. Fury was never threatened for a second by Schwarz. Fury came right at Schwarz and never let him get his feet under him. He scored a knockdown early in the second round, and with two minutes left in the round everyone could see the end was inevitable. Fury turned up the heat and pinned Schwarz in the corner. He strafed him with punches, and referee Kenny Bayliss stopped the bout as Schwarz’s corner threw in the towel at 2:54 of the second round.
“I felt stronger and I felt bigger. I was happy with it,” said Fury of his performance. “My style I think is Kryptonite for anybody. As long as they don’t knock me out, it’s heavyweight boxing so anything could happen. They’ve got to keep me down. Providing they don’t do that, I’ll keep winning.”
Promoters Bob Arum and Frank Warren both say there will be one more bout for Fury this year before the much-anticipated rematch with American champion Deontay Wilder. “Deontay Wilder -Tyson Fury the rematch is the biggest fight we’ll see in years,” said Fury. “I don’t see anyone coming up anywhere as big. The heavyweight division is back, it’s on fire! A lot of people want a part of it – there’s a young pack coming, but it’s a two horse race.” Arum said he thinks the fight will be a bigger event and moneymaker than the record-breaking Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight in 2015. “They were little guys, they weren’t heavyweights,” said Arum.
Fury was asked if he has someone in mind for his next fight. “Anyone these two guys (Arum and Warren) put in front of me. It’s doesn’t really matter, the outcome will always be the same,” said Fury.
Jesse Hart wins in light heavyweight debut over Sullivan Barrera
Jesse “Hollywood” Hart seemed perfectly comfortable moving up to the light heavyweight division from super middleweight. In his division debut in the co-main event, Hart (26-2, 21 KOs) defeated veteran contender Sullivan Barrera of Florida (22-3, 14 KOs) via unanimous decision in 10 rounds. Scores were 99-90, 97-92, and 96-93) for the Philadelphia native.
It was a rough, messy fight. Both men were hurt at times, and both used some dirty tactics. Hart appeared to have the upper hand, though Barrera buzzed Hart near the end of the fourth round, but could not follow up before the round ended. Hart returned the knockdown, dropping Barrera in the eighth. Hart was the busier man and the harder puncher overall.
“I don’t take nothing away from Sullivan Barrera, but I hurt my hand in the seventh round,” said Hart. “I had one hand. My right hand was completely shot. After I hurt him and dropped him, I couldn’t really finish him. That’s why you saw the left hook come. As you can see, I can punch with both hands. I take my hat off to him. He came to fight.”
Undercard results: Mikaela Mayer, Albert Bell, Issac Lowe, Guido Vianello victorious
Super featherweight Mikaela Mayer of the U.S. (11-0, 4 KOs ) put herself in position for a world title fight, defeating a tough Lizbeth Crespo of Argentina (13-5, 3 KOs) by unanimous decision. Scores were 100-90, 99-91, and 98-92). The fight was far closer and much tougher for Mayer than the scorecards indicate. Crespo fought with aggression and got the better of Mayer several times. But Mayer is the harder puncher and did more in the later rounds to seal the win.
“I am ready for a world title fight next,” said Mayer. “It’s time for the champions to step up and get in the ring with me.”
Albert Bell of Toledo, Ohio (15-0, 5 KOs) won the WBC Continental Americas super featherweight belt by unanimous decision over Andy Vences (22-1-1, 12 KOs). All three judges scored the bout 97-93 for Bell.
“I worked so hard for this. In my first 10-rounder, I went out there and put my undefeated record on the line against a top guy,” said Bell. “You don’t see that too much anymore. I’ve been counted out, and this shows that I’m a fighter to be taken seriously at 130 pounds.”
Isaac Lowe (18-0-3, 6 KOs), a stablemate of Tyson Fury, defended his WBC International featherweight belt with a unanimous decision over Duarn Vue (14-2-2, 4 KOs).
“This was a great experience. Look at me, 25 years old, fighting in Las Vegas on the undercard of the big fellow,” said Lowe. “I hurt my right hand in the fourth round, so I was limited as to what I could do in there. But we got the job done, and we’re going to go back to the drawing board and see what it is next.”
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is a veteran boxing observer covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.
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