Fury-Schwarz Set For MGM Grand
Tyson Fury’s ESPN debut now has a home, as Fury will battle Tom Schwarz at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 15th.
This is the third time Fury will fight in the United States, including a seventh-round knockout of Steve Cunningham in 2013, and his draw with WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be boxing in Las Vegas on ESPN+. I always said I will never go to Vegas until I box there, and now I finally am,” Fury said in a press release. “I can’t wait to put on a boxing master class for all my fans. The British and Irish fans will invade Vegas. I can’t wait!”
Las Vegas had been rumored to host the fight for some time, but with the UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center as the location, which the Nevada State Athletic Commission had on Top Rank’s initial application for the fight.
“It’s with great pride that Top Rank and Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions, together with ESPN+ and [Fury management company] MTK Global, will be able to present the leading heavyweight in the world and a megastar in boxing,” Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said. “Tyson will be facing a tough, experienced and undefeated fighter in Tom Schwarz, who is coming to Las Vegas ready to shock the world.”
“I’m very excited about starting the next chapter in the Tyson Fury story. With this new deal and co-promotion with Top Rank, it’s all about getting Tyson out there to a huge audience, and nobody can do that in America like ESPN. He’s the best heavyweight on the planet and the lineal champion. He’s a superstar, and there is nowhere better for a superstar to have his next fight than in the mecca of boxing itself, Las Vegas.”
“This is what I’ve been working for since I was a kid,” Schwarz said. “A fight in Las Vegas against Tyson Fury is a dream come true. While I appreciate Tyson as a great fighter and a sportsman, I am young, ambitious and in the top of the world rankings. I’ve won 24 fights. I’ve got nothing to lose, and my 25th victory will come against Fury.”
Initial Report: ESPN