Fury v Schwarz: Briton says he may need to get up off canvas to avoid shock

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Tyson Fury taunts Tom Schwarz: 'I will knock you out in one round!'
Tyson Fury v Tom Schwarz
Venue: MGM Grand, Las Vegas Date: 15 June (16 June UK - around 04:00 BST)
Coverage: Commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live; text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app.

Tyson Fury says he may need to get up off the canvas to avoid a shock heavyweight defeat by Tom Schwarz on a hectic Saturday night of boxing on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Fury faces unfancied German Schwarz in Las Vegas after Josh Warrington defended his IBF world featherweight title against Kid Galahad in Leeds.

Fury's fight will be on BBC Radio 5 Live overnight and the 30-year-old - floored twice in his December draw with Deontay Wilder - told BBC Sport he will not take his fixture lightly, asking: "What's to say my chin hasn't gone?"

Fury questions his own chin

Schwarz has only ever boxed in Germany and the Czech Republic
Schwarz has only ever boxed in Germany and the Czech Republic

Fury's bout with Schwarz, 25, is set to start around 04:00 BST on Sunday, and comes in the wake of Anthony Joshua's shock loss of the IBF, WBA and WBO world titles to Andy Ruiz on 1 June.

Another upset seems unthinkable - as even though Schwarz boasts 24 wins from 24, he has been cherry-picked for Fury to shine on his Las Vegas debut, the first bout of a lucrative television deal with ESPN.

"Every time I think it's an easy fight, I end up on the floor or something," Fury, a 1-25 favourite with bookmakers, told 5 Live Boxing podcast. "I am not sold that it will be as easy as people think.

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Tyson Fury and Tom Schwarz strike a pose

"I was put down heavily last time twice. What's to say my chin hasn't gone? We don't know, do we?

"What's to say I can even take a punch any more? This is why I can never ever take a man who has never lost as an easy fight.

"This man knows he changes his life and the life of his family if he beats me. I have a funny feeling I am going to have to get up off the floor in this fight to win it.

"I have been in Las Vegas for four weeks now. I've been to the casinos, won a few hundred dollars, that's it.

"I'm here long enough for an after-party but if I get chinned there'll be no party."

OCD eliminates worry and a dip

Mike Costello and Steve Bunce met with Fury at the home he is renting in Las Vegas
Mike Costello and Steve Bunce met with Fury at the home he is renting in Las Vegas

Schwarz was in the crowd when Fury became a world champion by beating Wladimir Klitshcko in 2015, only for the 30-year-old Briton to relinquish his titles to focus on battling mental health and drug issues.

Fury has taken the advice of former world champion Ricky Hatton in staying away from Las Vegas strip hotels in order to avoid distraction but his face has been emblazoned on billboards and blackjack tables in Sin City as part of a push to build his US profile.

The team behind him believe his personality will endear him to the American public and Fury has been typically open in fight week, notably on his mental health issues and how he eradicates worry from his day through habits he feels point to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Fury spoke of being unable to sleep if he knows there is a dirty plate in his kitchen, his need to keep his stereo volume on an even number and says he also has to have all his car's dashboard vents at an identical angle in order to stave off the type of worry than can ruin his day.

His trainer Ben Davison admits he expected a "dip" in Fury's mood after December's draw with WBC champion Wilder - but that one has yet to materialise.

"The biggest thing we can take away from the draw with Wilder is how he has stayed mentally balanced," said Davison.

"My job as a trainer is to now keep learning how I can keep adding to his game.

"You look at Joshua's trainer Rob McCracken and all of a sudden he is getting stick. You're always in that territory. I know one fight can change everything and we are making sure not to make a mistake."

A win will add to Fury's momentum and he is expected to fight in the US again in October before facing WBC champion Wilder again in 2020.

Analysis - A healthy glow and a disarming friendship

Fury hopes to face Wilder next while Warrington wants to face one of the other featherweight champions
Fury hopes to face Wilder next while Warrington wants to face one of the other featherweight champions

BBC Sport boxing commentator Mike Costello, who will be ringside in Las Vegas: "I am absolutely gutted I can't be at the two fights at once.

"When I spoke to Fury this week, I was struck by how unbelievably healthy he looked. That complexion belongs on a magazine cover.

"I know some will say he can afford to be relaxed fighting someone who is ranked only number seven in Germany but I think he has disarmed Schwarz this week, sucking him in with friendship."

BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Steve Bunce: "I will say for Schwarz what I said about Ruiz - I think he will go down swinging."