Tyson Fury’s next fight will be against Tom Schwarz, Top Rank boss Bob Arum has said.
Fury will take on the German, who has won all 24 of his bouts, in Las Vegas in his first return to the ring since a dramatic draw with Deontay Wilder last December.
Fury and Wilder could not negotiate an immediate rematch, with the Brit signing a multi-year, multi-fight agreement with United States broadcaster ESPN and be co-promoted by Arum and Frank Warren.
Arum told World Boxing News: “We wanted to get a guy who hadn’t tasted a loss.
“Tyson is such a big, big guy, we didn’t want to put him in with a small guy and Schwarz is a big, big guy. It will make a really compelling fight.
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“He was quite willing to take the fight. The terms were negotiated and the idea that he wanted to and is able to fight Tyson Fury. This was never in doubt.”
Arum is hopeful a deal can be arranged for Fury to fight Wilder again in early 2020.
“Assuming he (Fury) wins this fight, he’ll have another appearance in the United States,” Arum added.
“Then hopefully next year in February he’ll end up fighting Wilder.”
Not only has Arum now confirmed the fight, Fury has himself during a boxing event last night.
Fury was ringside as his younger brother was on the card, who won by stoppage, and during the night, he got into the ring to discuss his future and why a Wilder rematch isn't happening just yet.
As expected, the fight announcement hasn't gone down too well, and one person who is really unhappy with the decision is a certain Dillian Whyte.
The British heavyweight, who is seemingly being left out in the cold, has vented his frustrations at the Fury fight, telling the Gypsy King he should be ashamed of himself.
Whyte said: "F***ing b****cks. He should be ashamed of himself fighting Tom Schwarz.
"You're lineal heavyweight champion; why you fighting Tom Schwarz? ... You say you'll fight anyone, anytime, anywhere; why you fighting Tom Schwarz?"
It's not the fight we wanted, but for now, it's the fight we've got.