Ultimately the fight served it’s purpose, raising the profile of Tyson Fury to an American audience who somewhat overlooked the subpar opposition in favour of a fighter who put on a showcase of exhibition boxing, a ring entrance that was right out of the movie scene Rocky IV and for the encore a rendition of Aerosmith’s ‘I don’t want to miss a thing’.
It’s what is making Tyson Fury a household name possibly more so than any other heavyweight on the planet with examples of which are aplenty, for instance I’m sure I am not on my own in the regard to becoming a magnet for people in my place of work to talk about boxing whenever a big fight arises and Monday morning centred around the ‘Lineal’ champion, even Beth the cleaning lady getting involved in her asking of the fight which for the most part I found myself repeating the unfolding of the contest, giving insights for whats to come over and over again. It worked like a charm, exactly the way in which Top Rank’s Bob Arum scripted it, showing that this old dog certainly has a few more tricks yet proving the point with savvy marketing and a willingness on Fury’s part to take on the leading role became once more the talk of the boxing community, again all with an overlooking of poor Tom Schwarz who amounted to nothing more than cannon fodder on the night, Sorry Tom.
They dressed him up in the red, white and blue of the American flag with a Top hat to finish off the look, coming into the ring with a smile as wide as the Las Vegas strip to ‘Living in America’ re-enacting the action of the Carl Weathers played character Apollo Creed in Rocky IV, Luckily for him this one didn’t have the same ending but it was another example of clever marketing, further sinking him into the hearts of the watching public.
HE CAME, HE SAW, HE CONQUERED
The fight itself was nothing more than sparring, Fury giving Schwarz an exhibition of hit and move in round one, showing that even with the added poundage of 7Ibs he remained as nimble on his feet as we have come to expect. In round two he wanted to challenge himself so incredibly he switched to southpaw to further rub salt into the wounds of the over-matched opponent, busting open his nose before putting him on the canvas courtesy of a straight left hand. To his credit, Schwarz did find his feet but was met with a barrage of shots that had the referee intervening with Schwarz’ own corner found with towel in hand ready to replicate the action of the referee.
It was expectant but eye-catching to the more casual observer to see a man standing at 6’9 glide around the boxing ring, looking like a white, balded headed Roy Jones Jr in the way he evaded the shots that came his way sporadically.
PLEASE NO MORE MR FURY…
But the cherry on the top was to come, It wouldn’t be a Tyson Fury fight without a sing-along and this was no different as he gave a rendition of ‘I don’t want to miss a thing’
If I was a braver man I would tell the 6’9 Gypsy King to stick to boxing, obviously from behind the safety of a PC screen, as he sounding like a cat on a hot tin roof as I am sure that train of thought was one shared finding more than a few in attendance either cover their ears or head for the exit signs, well I suppose that’s one way of getting people to leave and someone please tell Steven Tyler that his job as Aerosmith’s front man is safe for the time being.
All jokes aside though It was exactly what we thought it would be, with a sprinkling of humour added for good measure, Fury was/is prime time watching and is certainly a man who can back up the words that reverberate from his mouth at a rate of knots.
I’m sure when it comes to Tyson Fury ‘We Don’t want to Miss a Thing’ apart from the singing of course with the focus now returning to the potential rematch with another of Boxing’s loud mouths in Deontay Wilder and the chance to right a wrong from the previous encounter.
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