By Tim Royner: At Friday’s weigh-in, Tyson Fury told his Snickers eating opponent Tom Schwarz that he’ll be stopping him in the first round tonight in their fight at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nevada. When the two giant heavyweights stood for the stare down, Fury barked continually at the calm and tranquil looking 25-year-old Schwarz (24-0, 16 KOs).
All the trash talking that Fury, 30, is doing towards his obscure opponent Schwarz makes him look bad unfortunately, considering that the fans already view the Fury-Schwarz contest as a horrendous mismatch. As such, all Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) is doing by trash talking Schwarz is lessening the interest in fight, and taking away the credit that he’ll get from fans afterwards. This match is a no-win situation for Fury, because the knowledgeable boxing fans view it as showcase fight for him. Fury turned down a rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Fury taunts Schwarz during face off
Despite calling Schwarz names, and vowing to KO him in round one, Fury was unable to get the German fighter to cringe and show the fear that he was trying to get him display at yesterday’s weigh-in. If anything, Schwarz seemed to be enjoying Fury’s trash talking, as he smiled and beamed at the attention he was getting. However given that English isn’t Schwarz’s primary language, it’s unclear how much he actually understood of what Fury was saying to him during the stare down. Fury was talking, but Schwarz likely was only hearing meaningless gibberish from him. The English that Schwarz used during interviews this week was one or two words at a time. He knows how to say, “Snicker” obviously. It’ll be interesting to see if Schwarz can get an endorsement deal with the producers of Snickers after this fight.
By Jeff Aranow: Mairis Briedis will be facing Krzysztof Glowacki, and Yunier Dorticos will be battling unbeaten Andrew Tabiti in the semifinals of the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight tournament tonight at the Arena Riga, in Riga, Latvia. The fight card will be shown on DAZN.
Yunier Dorticos vs. Andrew Tabiti – preview
Former WBA cruiserweight champion Yunier ‘The KO Doctor’ Dorticos (23-1, 21 KOs) will be facing the unbeaten Andrew Tabiti (17-0, 13 KO) in a 12 round fight for the interim International Boxing Federation World Cruiserweight Title. Tabiti, 29, has fought as a pro since 2013, and he has victories over former world champion Steve Cunningham, Lateef Kayode and Ruslan Fayfer. Tabiti edged Fayfer by a close 12 round unanimous decision in the quarterfinal of the WBSS.
Dorticos weighed in at 199.3 pounds last Friday. His opponent Tabiti weighed in at 199.3 lbs.
“He [Tabiti] will fight the best he ever fought,” said Dorticos in talking about his fight against Tabiti tonight. “‘The KO Doctor’ is going to win, I will take care of business and take him out. I am the number one cruiserweight.”
The Cuba born Dorticos is a huge puncher, and he throws a lot of shots. His work rate alone makes him a dangerous fighter to deal with, but his power is what sets him apart from his opponents. Dorticos hits very hard. Last year, Murat Gassiev stopped Dorticos in the 12th round to unseat as the WBA champion after dropping him. Dorticos ran out of gas in the 12th, and ended up getting caught with one of Gassiev’s big punches.