Davison Explains Fury-Schwarz Booking
In the first fight of a major deal with ESPN, Tyson Fury is fighting unheralded Tom Schwarz on June 15th in Fury’s debut in Las Vegas.
When the fight was first rumored late last week, many turned up their nose to the showdown that would see former unified world champion, Fury battle the German challenger.
With that being said, Fury’s trainer Ben Davison refuses to take the unknown Schwarz lightly.
“You can’t win, can ya? A few names got sent across and we had a look. We don’t want to make the adjustment of somebody big [in size] to somebody small to have to go back to somebody big, because the other two elite fighters that we’re looking to make fights with are obviously 6ft 6in plus. That was a criteria – that we wanted somebody big. We wanted somebody in the top five and who have you got?,” Davison told IFL TV.
“[Kubrat] Pulev is mandatory for Joshua and is obviously in line for a big payday, [Oscar] Rivas is 6ft, Dillian Whyte is in a position where he’s discussing with ESPN, Fox, Sky, DAZN, which puts him in a position where he doesn’t know whether he’s coming or going.
Looking at the rest of the top fighters in the division, Davison explained why Schwarz’ pedigree is better than what critics are saying. “Miller’s taken up by Joshua, Breazeale’s taken up by Wilder,” Davison explained. “Tom Schwarz [is] number two with the WBO, also number nine with the IBF – so he’s ranked in the top 10 with the two organisations. When the fight got sent to us as well he was ranked number 11 on BoxRec, but all of a sudden that got changed (he’s now 42nd).”
“We’re not trying to make a career off of avoiding the big guns because Tyson is the one who jumped up and took the fight with Wilder, when really he shouldn’t have. Tyson’s shown that he’ll always step up to the mark and take the risk. He went to [Wladimir] Klitschko’s backyard, Wilder’s backyard – who else has done that? When you discuss with them about coming to us… Pfft, the conversation goes dead.”