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Tyson Fury targets Deontay Wilder after British star earns stripes

Coming-out party: Fury
stopped Schwarz inside two
rounds at the MGM

TYSON FURY has set his sights on a rematch with Deontay Wilder after excelling in his first fight in Las Vegas to stop Tom Schwarz in two rounds.

The 30-year-old Briton, wearing the American stars and stripes on his shorts, further enhanced his reputation as the previously-unbeaten Schwarz’s corner threw in the towel after two minutes, 50 seconds of round two.

In the wake of former IBF, WBA and WBO champion Anthony Joshua’s shock defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr earlier this month, Fury has a rematch with American Wilder in his sights after last December’s thrilling draw with the WBC world heavyweight champion. ‘Deontay Wilder is coming,’ said Fury, as he dismissed Joshua as an opponent in the near-future. ‘This fight is happening. There were three horses in the heavyweight division: now there’s two.

‘I beat him once so I’ll beat him again and he’s going to get a fully match-fit, sharp Tyson Fury. It’s the biggest fight in boxing.’

However, a showdown with Wilder is not expected until the first half of 2020, with Fury revealing he is due to fight again in New York on September 21 or October 5, his rewarding deal with ESPN committing him to fighting in the United States.

Fury did his reputation no harm as he repeatedly hurt Schwarz from the first bell before dropping the 25-year-old German in the second round of his explosive victory.

‘I wanted to show a few things to the American public, to introduce myself properly. I showed a little bit of speed, boxing skill, my ability to slip and slide out of the way of punches and my ability to finish, which is important,’ added Fury.

‘I put on an extra ten or 11lb from my last fight. I felt bigger and stronger for it.’

As he discussed fighting in Vegas, Fury could not resist another dig at Joshua as he said: ‘This was my coming-out party. We saw a British fighter travel to America a couple of weeks ago and he didn’t look like he wanted to be in there.

‘This was Tyson Fury in Las Vegas — the biggest thing that’s happened in my career. Driving with my wife, I said: “I think we’ve made it, Paris. Headlining in Vegas”.’