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Despite ESPN advertising the bout as being for the lineal heavyweight championship, no actual titles will be on the line when Tyson Fury faces off against Tom Schwarz. The British fighter once held the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles after defeating Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, but a drug test failure and bout with depression led to him retiring for nearly three years. His comeback began in 2018 and he appears to be back in peak form.
Fury (27-0-1, 19 KO) is coming off a fight of the year contender against Deontay Wilder, which saw the British fighter rebound after two devastating knockdowns to earn a controversial split draw. Many thought that Fury had won a decision, and the two men will have a chance to settle the score with a rematch set for early 2020. The -2075 betting favorite looked prepared and will be the bigger fighter on Saturday night as he weighed in at 263 pounds.
Schwarz (24-0, 16 KO) will be fighting in North America for the very first time, as the bulk of his battles took place in his native Germany. Though undefeated, the +1500 underdog German hasn't fought anyone of note and has very little name value even among hardcore boxing fans. The 25-year-old is looking to shock the world and came in at 245 pounds.
The co-feature sees two of Top Rank's light heavyweights go up against one another. Jesse Hart and Sullivan Barrera will be looking to earn a title shot at each other's expense. Hart (25-2, 21 KO) is moving up in weight and looking to rebound after losing a majority decision to WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez, while Barrera (22-2, 14 KO) is one fight removed from losing to Dmitry Bivol for the WBA light heavyweight title.
The entire card will be aired on ESPN+ starting at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, while the two-fight main card kicks off at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
Fury vs. Schwarz Weigh-in Results:Tyson Fury (263) vs. Tom Schwarz (245)
Jesse Hart (174) vs. Sullivan Barrera (173.5)