Through a second-round TKO of Tom Schwartz, we learned Fury needs Deontay Wilder.
Tyson Fury is having fun again.
After coming through arguably the sports biggest comeback from depression fueled with drug abuse and overeating, Fury shocked the world in his fight against Deontay Wilder late last year.
However, the split draw that shook the heavyweight division after a Fury knockdown was partially absolved over the weekend.
Fury made his Las Vegas debut on ESPN with new U.S. co-promoter, Top Rank and took out opponent Tom Schwartz in the second round.
The TKO showed Fury’s famous head movement and fearless ability to watch punches while getting out of their way.
But we knew that already.
What we still don’t know is if he can pull out a definitive win over Deontay Wilder.
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With Anthony Joshua dropping to fourth on the heavyweight rankings now that he was dethroned by Andy Ruiz, Jr., Deontay Wilder, and Tyson Fury occupy the number 1 and number 2 positions, respectively.
After the win, both Fury and Top Rank founder, Bob Arum, confirmed that Fury would have another bout this year before an early 2020 rematch with Deontay Wilder.
Wilder’s next fight is a rematch against Luis “King Kong” Ortiz in September. Seen by many as a soft move, since Wilder had already beaten Ortiz, the fight gained credence after Ruiz knocked out Anthony Joshua.
Suddenly, the real heavyweight fight is Wilder vs. Fury 2 and everything in between is a holdover until the two settle the lingering questions of which fighter is the best.
When you look back to the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin pair of fights, there was a similar tone. The only difference was there was no middleweight Anthony Joshua splitting the public’s perception.
However, Andy Ruiz, Jr.’s destruction of the three kings race now leaves two and the rematch of Wilder and Fury is the top bout in heavyweight boxing.
With Anthony Joshua scheduled to run it back against Ruiz, Jr., later this year and Wilder and Fury both rounding out their year with another bout, circumstances could change again.
Until then, between Tyson Fury continuing to win over America with his Apollo Creed walk out recreation and Aerosmith renditions post-victory, the world must wait until 2020 to truly see who is the best heavyweight in the world.