Fury now even more fired up after Joshua shocker, vows trainer
Tyson Fury's trainer believes Tom Schwarz has become a more dangerous opponent as a consequence of Andy Ruiz Jr's shock stoppage of Anthony Joshua.
Saturday's fight in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas between Fury and Germany's Schwarz has largely been made with the intention of furthering the former's profile in the United States ahead of a lucrative rematch with Deontay Wilder next year.
But the fact it comes only a fortnight after Joshua was dramatically stopped in seven rounds by Ruiz Jr, losing his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles on his US debut amid a wider plan of enhancing his popularity, emphasises the risks Fury could face.
Ruiz Jr has transformed his life when so few had given him hope of succeeding and Fury's trainer Ben Davison believes Schwarz will have watched and been inspired by his remarkable success.
The new champion had to recover from a heavy knockdown before landing the third-round punch Joshua was still struggling with when he was stopped in the seventh, potentially giving 25-year-old Schwarz extra confidence.
"He would have watched that thinking, 'Joshua will probably blast Ruiz out'," Davison said.
"And then that happens and he'd have thought, 'Do you know what? If he can do it, I can do it. Things do happen. It's possible'. One hundred per cent.
"(But) Tyson's not that type of person who would feel pressured by someone else's performance. He has his own beliefs and he sticks by them.
"It's my job to study him, and I've seen habits and patterns and behaviours in his style and boxing that we can exploit.
"There's definitely mistakes we can capitalise on.
"He's young, fresh, has had to dig in in fights before and got it done. He has a tight defence, is relatively light on his feet and has relatively fast hands."