Our event of the day is the heavyweight boxing match between Tyson Fury and Tom Schwarz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. These undefeated hard-hitters go toe-to-toe in their Las Vegas debuts. Fury will look to bounce back from his controversial split-decision tie with Deontay Wilder. Schwarz will look to make a statement with his first time on the world stage. A 21-year-old Tom Schwarz, 14 days into his tenure as WBO Youth Heavyweight champion, watched as Tyson Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision to become the unified world champion. Three-and-a-half years later, he gets his own opportunity to take down the Gypsy King. Schwarz is 24-0 in his six-year career, beginning with a knockout victory over Mario Schmidt in June 2013 and most recently with a technical knockout victory against Kristijan Krstacic to retain the WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight title in March.
However, this will be a step up for the ambitious 25-year-old, who has never boxed outside of Germany and the Czech Republic. This will also be his first time boxing against someone with international name recognition. Despite this, however slim, there is a chance that Schwarz can mark his Vegas debut with a career-defining upset. Standing in his way is the six foot nine inch Manchester-born boxer they call the Furious One. Fury, 27-0-1 in his career, will look to come back from the controversial split decision tie with Deontay Wilder in December. The 30-year-old, who turns 31 in August, has nearly five years of professional fight experience on his opponent and will look to utilise it as he hopes to put down the challenge from the unheralded Schwarz. However, despite the relative obscurity of his opponent, Fury is wary. He was knocked down twice by Wilder and will ensure that he does not underestimate the German. Tonight’s fight is Fury’s fourth since his return to the ring after a mental health hiatus that lasted nearly three years. Dominant wins over Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta, and the resilient comeback performance against Wilder, show that Fury is just as good as he was in his prime. Both of these fighters are knockout specialists. Fury has won 19 of 27 via knockout while Schwarz was won 16 of 24 in the same way. With each having something to prove in Las Vegas, this is a fight you won’t want to miss.
Honourable mentions around the globe go to the Top 14 final between Toulouse and ASM Clermont at the Stade de France in Paris. It is the end of a dominant season for the two sides, who breezed through their respective semifinals to reach today’s final. A rematch of the 2008 final, this is sure to be an unmissable end to the French rugby season. In the Cricket World Cup, Australia face Sri Lanka at The Oval in London while Afghanistan plays South Africa at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. In golf, the US Open continues at Pebble Beach Golf Links in California. In the WNBA, the Dallas Wings host the Atlanta Dream at College Park Center in Arlington. On the ATP Tour, the MercedesCup continues at the Tennis Club Weissenhof in Stuttgart. In the CFL, the Calgary Stampeders host the Ottawa Redblacks at the McMahon Stadium in Calgary. The Danish Darts Open continues at the Brøndbyhallen in Copenhagen.
Whatever you’re watching, enjoy!
Photos by Tyson Fury; Tom Schwarz
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