By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 14th June 2019
In the aftermath of Tyson Fury’s monumental battle with Deontay Wilder, the Gypsy King could be heard proclaiming “that’s pay-per-view baby!” from between the Staples Centre ropes.
So, rather more surprisingly, is the towering traveller’s upcoming outing against overmatched and relatively unheard of German puncher Tom Schwarz.
The Fury vs Schwarz betting makes the lineal world heavyweight champion a 1/25 bet to inflict a first blot on the 24-0 resume his adversary has compiled against smaller, leaden-footed journeymen.
A Las Vegas debut for boxing’s pound-for-pound personality champion it may well be, but it’s also a clash which represents an excellent chance for fight fans to save money and get an early night.
Instead of staying up until the red-eye 04:00 kick off and paying £19.95 for the privilege of watching the heavyweight Floyd Mayweather pat-a-cake Schwarz into submission, get a decent night’s kip with a bellyful of what should be a thrilling fight between Josh Warrington and Kid Galahad for free.
Ok, so you’ll still need to have, or have a mate who has, a BT Sport subscription to catch their all Yorkshire showdown for Warrington’s IBF world title.
However, despite the Gypsy King’s magnetism – and the modicum of jeopardy Andy Ruiz’s recent upset success has injected into the division – it’s still an uncontroversial no contest in the fight of the night stakes.
Why Warrington vs Galahad vs Fury vs Schwarz is a one-sided scrap
Only Tyson Fury could get away with a face off like this 😂
— Boxing on BT Sport 🥊 (@BTSportBoxing) June 12, 2019
On the face of it, like Fury vs Schwarz, this match pits an undefeated champion against a challenger with a similarly perfect record, albeit lacking the top-draw scalps of the man with the belt.
Unlike the Gypsy King’s Vegas vacation, the odds gurus see this one as far closer. Warrington is 1/3 in the bout betting while former European, British and Commonwealth super bantamweight boss Galahad, real name Abdul-Bari Awad, is a 12/5 pick.
Having won his world title against Lee Selby and defended it against Carl Frampton as an underdog, the Leeds Warrior will need to re-adapt to the pressure of expectation at the First Direct Arena.
Still lukewarm? Throw in the fact that the pair duelled twice in the amateur ranks with the Kid – named after the Elvis Presley character in the 1962 film of the same name by trainer Brendan Ingle – winning both times.
The challenger’s considered the silkier technician, while the champion’s relentlessness is thought to be his potential trump card.
It’ll need to be too, with a paltry six stoppages on Warrington’s unsullied 28-outing pro CV – an ‘and still’ by decision is a 4/6 shot.
Galahad has earned the belt holder’s ire in a testy build-up to the contest, telling reporters: “I believe I have sparred better kids than Josh in the past – Jorge Linares, Ricky Burns, Kell Brook, the list goes on. I have sparred better than he has boxed and sparring is harder than a fight.”
The #WarringtonGalahad final face-off was something else! 😳
This fight is going to be 💥💥💥 pic.twitter.com/cjV5SsJgVc
— Boxing on BT Sport 🥊 (@BTSportBoxing) June 14, 2019
Meanwhile, the Sheffield fighter has also promised the champion’s father and trainer Sean O’Hagan will “stop the fight because he will make an emotional decision and throw in the towel around round six, seven or eight”.
He’s 20/1 to snatch the belt with a stoppage in the seventh, eighth or ninth frames in the grouped round betting.
The challenger believes he has an entire new level that necessity has yet to dictate he reveals to the boxing public and several seasoned figures, such as Ricky Hatton, agree with him.
In the days leading up to the bout, Warrington has dangled the extra-spice-inducing carrot of complacency too, admitting:
“I want to unify the division and mix it with guys like Leo Santa Cruz, Oscar Valdez and Gary Russell Junior. Fighting Barry from Sheffield is not quite the same.”
One thing Fury vs Schwarz does have going for it
History, animosity, potential complacency, no PPV premium and a far from certain result, Warrington vs Galahad has got it all.
All Fury vs Schwarz has going for it by contrast is the promise of post-fight press conference banter and William Hill’s you won’t find a better prince on round betting promotion.
It’s the Gypsy King to wear down his challenger in the ninth for our money at odds of 12/1.