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Tyson Fury has proven he’s one of the best heavyweights in the world. Can he avoid an upset loss?
Two of the top-three heavyweights have fought in the last month. Now, it’s Tyson Fury’s turn. And after the shocking upset of Anthony Joshua, you’re not going to want to miss Fury vs. Tom Schwarz, and thanks to ESPN+, there’s an easy way to watch online.
Here’s everything you need to know to live stream Fury vs. Schwarz.
Tyson Fury vs. Tom Schwarz
- When: Saturday, June 15 at 10pm ET
- Where: MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
- Streaming: ESPN+
Fury vs. Schwarz live stream: Watch Top Rank Boxing on ESPN+
Fury was in deep negotiations with Wilder for a rematch of their heavyweight showdown from last December, but he dropped a huge surprise in February when he announced he had signed a co-promotional deal with Top Rank and would be featured on ESPN and ESPN+. That temporarily destroyed the rematch with Wilder, but for Fury, it was probably worth it: He reportedly signed a deal worth nine figures. On Saturday, he’ll make his debut on ESPN+.
Though Fury won’t be seen on ESPN on Saturday, most of the undercard is available on ESPN2, beginning at 7:30pm ET. Matches include rising female star Mikaela Mayer’s showdown with Lizbeth Crespo (here’s our guide for how to watch ESPN2 without cable).
- Cost: $4.99 per month or $49.99 for 12 months
- Devices: Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku players and TV, Oculus Go, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Samsung smart TVs, and iOS and Android devices
If you are wary of spending $100 a year for DAZN or between $10-15 per month for Showtime, ESPN+ is the cheapest way to consume boxing content. ESPN+ recently halted its free trial, but the service only costs $4.99 per month or $49.99 for the entire year, and you’re also allowed to cancel at any time. Given how much you receive, that’s a considerable deal.
You’ll be able to watch the entire 30 for 30 catalog on-demand, for example, as well as 20 UFC Fight Nights, daily MLB games, every out-of-market MLS game, and thousands of college sporting events.
ESPN+ works an extension of the main ESPN app. The ESPN+ exclusive content is designated by the “E+” logo in the corner of the preview tile.
Fury vs. Schwarz: Why it matters
Perhaps the single most impressive moment of Fury’s career occurred last December. He boxed beautifully versus Deontay Wilder, one of the hardest punchers in heavyweight history, and in my mind, Fury was far ahead on the scorecards. But in the 12th round, Wilder unleashed an amazing combination that would have ended the fight against 99% of boxers.
But not Fury (27-0-1, 19 knockouts). Instead, Fury got to his feet, survived the round, and finished the fight. He was given a draw, but most observers believe Fury did enough to win. Fury’s feat of strength and conditioning to survive the Wilder bombs was incredible.
“I think it was a higher power that brought me to my feet to spread the word on mental health and to help other people,” Fury said this week. “I hope it inspired many people as I enjoyed getting up off that canvas and fighting on. And it takes more than a punch to knock me down and make me stay down.”
After winning the heavyweight championship from Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, Fury missed the next 31 months as he battled drug addiction, an enormous weight gain, and mental health issues. But somehow he’s taken control of his life and returned as a world-class boxer. Now, after signing his huge deal with Top Rank, he’ll be seen on ESPN+
“I box because I like to keep happy and it keeps me happy to fight,” Fury said. “I plan to box until I can’t box anymore. I feel fantastic at the minute. Boxing keeps me really happy, and I’m very happy with where I am in my life at the minute. I want to box on. I don’t see myself retiring. I just turned 30 years old. I’ve got over 10 years left in this game, so you’ll have to keep seeing me for the next 10 years, I’m afraid. Keep entertaining, keep putting on great shows.”
It’s potentially possible for Schwarz (24-0, 16 KOs)—who is an 11/1 betting underdog—to pull off the upset. Fury has been hurt and knocked down multiple times in his career, so if Schwarz has enough power in his punches, he could put Fury in trouble. There’s also always the chance that Fury could be looking past Schwarz and to a potential rematch with Wilder.
“My trainers and I have seen every fight of Tyson’s many times,” Schwarz said. “We’ve analyzed his style and have prepared our best strategy. I have a surprise for Tyson Fury, and he will see what it is on Saturday night.”
Tyson Fury vs. Tom Schwarz live stream schedule
Main card | 10pm ET on ESPN+
- Tyson Fury vs. Tom Schwarz
- Jesse Hart vs. Sullivan Barrera
Undercard | 7pm ET on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes
- Mikaela Mayer vs. Lizbeth Crespo
- Andy Vences vs. Albert Bell
- Isaac Lowe vs. Duarn Vue
- Guido Vianello vs. Kennan Hickman
- Peter Kadiru vs. Juan Torres
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Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.