Fightful Boxing Newsletter (6/20/2019): Tyson Fury's Top Rank Debut, WBSS Chaos, Cancio-Machado 2 Preview

Fightful Boxing Newsletter (6/20) Table Of Contents:

  1. Tyson Fury vs. Tom Schwarz, What's Next For Fury? (Page 1)
  2. Issues With WBSS Cruiserweight Semifinals (Page 2)
  3. News And Notes Around The World Of Boxing (Page 3)
  4. Andrew Cancio vs. Alberto Machado 2 Preview (Page 4)
  5. Predictions For The Second Half Of 2019 (Page 5)

Tyson Fury vs. Tom Schwarz, What's Next For Fury?

Tyson Fury’s long-awaited Top Rank debut finally took place on June 15 in Las Vegas in an event that left many with some questions answered but a lot more left unanswered and will remain as such for several more months.

Perhaps the seemingly-least significant (or least surprising part) was the actual fight itself, which had Fury defeat Tom Schwarz by second-round TKO that looked more like a warm-up session than a fight for the lineal heavyweight championship. Fury barely got hit at all during the five minutes and 54 seconds of in-ring action and showcased some solid head movement and even a hint of his (somewhat) underrated power. But in the end, the fight itself will be remembered as a fun way to end a night in Las Vegas at best and as one of the worst televised main events of the year thus far.

Schwarz couldn’t find any groove offensively, Fury goofed off at times and the lone knockdown of the fight looked like a soft combination from Fury that split Schwarz’s guard to drop him. This looked more like Fury’s 2018 fights against Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta (two completely farcical wastes of time for anyone looking for any boxing that is halfway decent) than the excellent and drama-filled fight against Deontay Wilder last December.

But let’s be perfectly honest. Top Rank never intended to give Fury a tough first fight and wanted to introduce Fury to an American audience that has yet to know of him after his fight against Deontay Wilder last September. Schwarz was brought in to lost to Fury and make him look good in the same way that a pro wrestling company would bring in unassuming and weak-looking enhancement talent to lose in dominant fashion to a big man that is getting a major push.

And in some ways, Fury is no more a pro wrestler than he is a boxer as far as his out-of-the-ring behavior. Even inside the ring he acts more like an entertainer than a boxer at times, from his entrance against Schwarz (dressing up as Apollo Creed from Rocky IV and even having “Living In America” by James Brown as his ring walk music). Combine that with his excellent promo ability (for the most part as he can get carried away sometimes to the point of making people uncomfortable) and you have someone Bob Arum sees a lot of money to be gained from.

Throughout the entire buildup to this fight, Arum has said some very outlandish things regarding Fury and his future as a member of Top Rank that can be best described as hyperbolic in nature. Interestingly enough, Arum had no idea who Schwarz was before the fight was made official. The only reason Schwarz was ever picked as Fury’s opponent was because of three reasons: 1. His size is somewhat comparable to that of Wilder. 2. He has a decent right hand, something that Wilder excels in having. 3. Schwarz is highly ranked by the WBO.

The selling of the fight pretty much relied on putting Schwarz on a higher pedestal than he is based on the aforementioned three reasons and also playing up the chances of Fury losing in the aftermath of Andy Ruiz Jr. beating Anthony Joshua on June 1. Of course, both strategies fell flat on its face once people had more than 10 seconds to think about the matchup and no one really bought Schwarz as a credible opponent for Fury.

Arum also said this fight would attract more new subscribers to ESPN+ than UFC’s inaugural event on the streaming service (which clearly did not happen based on a number of reasons, including the fact that neither ESPN nor Top Rank has said anything about any increase in subscribers) and that a 2020 rematch between Fury and Wilder would do Mayweather-Pacquiao PPV numbers (which will never happen even with the greatest promotion in sports history behind its back). Whether or not Arum was too excited about Fury signing with Top Rank or truly believed the Brit was that big of a draw in the United States, Arum came off as delusional and foolish for making such outrageous predictions of the fight.

As for what’s next for Fury, the current plan is to have him fight again either in late September or early October and Madison Square Garden is one option for a venue. No opponent was discussed for Fury’s next bout, though one can certainly make educated guesses as to who are being considered. Kubrat Pulev, the mandatory challenger to the IBF heavyweight title, is one option given that the two are promotional stablemates.

Regardless of who it will be, Top Rank will present them as a potential challenge to Fury, but we all know that whoever is Fury's next opponent will be brought out to lose and make Fury look good. The end goal is a rematch against Deontay Wilder and Fury losing at this stage would completely derail that.

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