Six months after a remarkable fight with Deontay Wilder, lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) makes his Top Rank/ESPN debut tonight (Saturday, June 15th) at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The brash Brit’s opponent is the undefeated but also largely unheralded German Tom Schwarz (24-0, 16 KOs), who is looking to pull off an upset akin to Andy Ruiz stopping Anthony Joshua earlier this month.
Fury was in line to rematch Wilder after battling to a draw last December, but made the surprise move to join Top Rank, killing off plans for an immediate rematch. That bout has since been agreed to for early 2020, but of course both Wilder and Fury need to win their respective matchups for this showdown to happen once again. In theory, Fury should have few problems with Schwarz, but this is heavyweight after all. What is important for Tyson is to look impressive and not revert to some of his uglier fights that made fans not interested in seeing him compete.
Here are the basic details on the how you can watch this event, where you can catch a live stream, start time for the main event, and more.
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Fight time: The main card broadcast starts at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT. The main event is expected to start somewhere around 11:30 PM ET, give or take a half-hour.
TV Network: ESPN2 will broadcast the undercard starting at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT. BT Sport Box Office goes live on the air at midnight local time in the United Kingdom, where the cost of the PPV is £19.95.
ESPN+ Fight Card: Tyson Fury vs. Tom Schwarz (12 rounds, heavyweights); Sullivan Barrera vs. Jesse Hart (10 rounds, light heavyweights)
ESPN2 Fight Card: Mikaela Mayer vs. Lizbeth Crespo (10x2 minute rounds, super-featherweights); Albert Bell vs. Andy Vences (10 rounds, super-featherweights); Isaac Lowe vs. Duarn Vue (10 rounds, featherweights); Martez McGregor vs. Cem Kilic (8 rounds, super-middleweights); Sonny Conto vs. Daniel Infante (4 rounds, heavyweights); Guido Vianello vs. Keenan Hickmon (6 rounds, heavyweights); Peter Kadiru vs. Juan Torres (4 rounds, heavyweights)
Live stream: Viewers in the United States can catch Fury vs. Schwarz through the ESPN+ subscription service. You can sign-up for a free trial or subscribe for $4.99 per month. Options for streaming the fight via BT Sport Box Office in the UK can be viewed here. There will also be a free live stream through Fite.tv of the main event for select countries outside of the United States and United Kingdom.